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Deputy Sheriff Joseph J. Rybka, Jr. | Bergen County Sheriff's Office, New Jersey Bergen County Sheriff's Office, New Jersey

Deputy Sheriff

Joseph J. Rybka, Jr.

Bergen County Sheriff's Office, New Jersey

End of Watch: Sunday, January 7, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Sheriff Joseph Rybka was shot and killed by a wounded prisoner he was guarding at Bergen Pines County Hospital.

The suspect was able to overpower Deputy Rybka at 3:08 am and gain control of his service weapon. He then fired four shots at Deputy Rybka, striking him three times. The suspect fled the hospital but was arrested approximately 30 minutes later, still holding Deputy Rybka's service weapon. The suspect was in the hospital because he had been wounded during a shootout with two Teaneck detectives four days earlier.

The 22-year-old suspect had a very lengthy criminal record which included a dozen convictions for assault, larceny, forgery, breaking and entering, fraud, illegal weapons possession, and receiving stolen property. He was convicted of Deputy Rybka's murder and sentenced to life. He was denied parole in August of 2010.

Deputy Rybka had served with the Bergen County Sheriff's Office for 10 years and was assigned to Courthouse Security. He is survived by his wife and son.

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happy brithday 71 years old !! never a day goes by with out thinking of you patricia your wife

patricia rybka
May 17, 2017


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