Patrolman Robert Rosenbloom

Patrolman Robert Rosenbloom

New Mexico State Police, New Mexico

End of Watch Monday, November 8, 1971

Robert Rosenbloom

Patrolman Robert Rosenbloom was shot and killed during a traffic stop on I-40 near Albuquerque. During the stop a gun battle ensued in which he was struck in the chest and neck with a .45 caliber handgun.

The three suspects fled the scene and evaded a massive manhunt. On November 26th the three suspects hijacked a commercial airliner from Albuquerque International Airport and forced it to fly to Cuba.

The three suspects have been identified as members of the terrorist group Republic of Africa. One suspect drowned at the beach in Cuba four years later; another suspect died from throat cancer in Cuba; and a final suspect remains at large in Cuba.

Patrolman Rosenbloom was a U.S. Army veteran and had been in law enforcement for nine years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender At large

traffic stop

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Love you and miss you pops! I still think about you every single day. One of your friends from high school reached out to me on Facebook recently and told me stuff I never knew. He said you came back to Oregon after Army basic, and you looked so sharp in your uniform that you inspired him to join the Army. You did a lot of good in your short 28 years, dad. I wish we had more time with you. We love you and miss you so much!

Son Rob Rosenbloom
US Probation Office

November 8, 2017

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