Detective Albert E. Seltzer

Detective Albert E. Seltzer

Newark Police Division, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, October 9, 1935

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Albert E. Seltzer

Detective Seltzer was accidentally shot and killed by another officer who mistook him and a second detective for burglars. The two detectives were conducting a stakeout inside of a theatre on Springfield Avenue. The theatre had been robbed several times during the previous weeks and the detectives were attempting to catch any burglars.

Another officer, patrolling his normal beat, did not know the detectives were conducting the operation and entered the theatre with a night watchman. The officer mistook the two detectives for burglars and mortally wounded Detective Seltzer. Detective Seltzer was taken to City Hospital where he died two days later.

Detective Seltzer had been with the agency for 10.5 years and was assigned to the Detective Bureau. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, and parents.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 10 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Incident Date Monday, October 7, 1935

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