Sergeant Alfred L. Sellick, Jr.

Sergeant Alfred L. Sellick, Jr.

Montclair Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, January 12, 1976

Alfred L. Sellick, Jr.

Sergeant Sellick was shot and killed during a bank robbery.
He was shot in the face at about 7:15 p.m. at the First Federal Savings and Loan Association while trying to disarm the gunman. He later died in the emergency room at Mountainside Hospital.

Within three days the gunman and three accomplices were arrested. The gunman was convicted of murder and armed robbery and sentenced to life on June 30, 1976. He was paroled on May 26, 1994. The other three was also convicted of murder and armed robbery and sentenced to life. All three have been paroled.

Sergeant Sellick's killer and his three accomplices were members of the New World of Islam, a black muslim religious group responsible for more than 100 robberies and several murders in New Jersey.

Sergeant Sellick was a 25-year veteran of the Montclair
Police Department.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1994

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I was a kid growing up in Montclair when Sgt. Sellick was murdered, and remember this incident well. Sgt. Sellick's bravery was an early example of selfless service that inspired me to think about a police career. I wish he had survived that day in 1976; but I pray that his family will take some small comfort in knowing that his valor was an inspiration to a young boy who went on to become a cop. Rest in peace, Sgt. Sellick.

Sgt. (ret.) Jonathan Wender
Mountlake Terrace (WA) Police Department

March 11, 2018

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