Patrolman Otto Michael Roberto

Patrolman Otto Michael Roberto

Irvington Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Thursday, February 27, 1969

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Otto Michael Roberto

Patrolman Otto Roberto was shot and killed at the intersection of Avon Avenue and 20th Street while attempting to arrest two armed suspects who had just robbed a diner.

As he searched one of the men the other man grabbed him, spun him around, and shot him three times with a .32 caliber handgun. Despite being mortally wounded, Patrolman Roberto chased both men approximately one block before collapsing.

He was transported to a local hospital where he died that night.

Both men were apprehended and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. One of the men died in prison and the other was paroled after serving 25 years.

Patrolman Roberto had served with the Irvington Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and infant son.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 71

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Deceased

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I was 14 years Old at the time and living in Irvington with my father also an Irvington Police Officer and remember Officer Roberto riding in the Police Car with my Father he was a very good friend to my father and just a very nice guy

Robert R Schroeck son of IPD Off.
IPD officer Raymond Schroeck's Son

May 26, 2021

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