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Police Officer John F. Gottfried | Newark Police Department, New Jersey Newark Police Department, New Jersey

Police Officer

John F. Gottfried

Newark Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Friday, November 28, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 58

Tour: 22 years

Badge # 636

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer John Gottfried was shot and killed when he attempted to stop a bank robbery. Officer Gottfried, a member of the Emergency Bureau, had gone to a nearby bank on his lunch break to cash a check. While waiting in line three suspects entered to rob the bank. Officer Gottfried exchanged shots with the suspect and was fatally wounded. He was able to wound one of the suspects as well.

All three men were apprehended and sentenced to life.

Officer Gottfried had served with the agency for 22 years. He was survived by his wife.

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He will be Uncle Johnny to so many

Nancy LeMassena Falzarano
December 21, 2013


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