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Police Officer Charles Bernoski | Rahway Police Department, New Jersey Rahway Police Department, New Jersey

Police Officer

Charles Bernoski

Rahway Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Friday, November 28, 1958

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 3 years, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/28/1958

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Arrested after 42 years

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Police Officer Charles Bernoski was shot and killed when he surprised two suspects who were burglarizing a car dealership on West Milton Avenue.

The suspects remained unknown for 42 years until one of the two men confessed. One suspect plead guilty to burglary and was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

The second suspect, who was already serving a life prison term for murdering a 16-year-old girl in 1969, was found not guilty after standing trial in 2001. He died in jail on the 50th anniversary of Officer Bernoski's murder.

Officer Bernoski had served with the agency for 3-1/2 years. He was survived by his wife and six children.

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My Mother worked at the Miller dealership at the time of this event. I worked
Sundays at the coffee shop downtown and Bernoski came in ever Sunday morning for breakfast. We often jokes around. Than That one
Sunday he did not show up and I was surprised since he always came in. Than I learned of the terrible event that took his life.
Paul Sauer

Paul Sauer
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August 24, 2013

 

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