Sergeant Robert W. Anderson

Sergeant Robert W. Anderson

Newark Police Division, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, March 5, 1930

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Robert W. Anderson

Sergeant Robert Anderson was shot and killed as he and two other officers attempted to arrest two men who were brandishing handguns on Barclay Street at 0130 hours. The officers had received reports of the men's actions and went to investigate. When they arrived at the scene they learned that the men had gone into a nearby apartment. When the officers entered the apartment one of the suspects attempted to grab his gun as Sergeant Anderson struggled with him.

The suspect broke free and began firing as he ran to a back room. Sergeant Anderson was struck in the chest but was able to return fire, wounding the suspect. A second suspect ran into the room but was shot and killed by one of the other officers. The original suspect continued to fire as he attempted to flee but was shot several times by the officers and taken into custody.

Sergeant Anderson had been with the agency for 10.5 years and was assigned to the Fourth Precinct Station. He was survived by his wife, Margaret, and children, William, Robert, and Elaine.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 10 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Dearest Grandfather - on this Peace Officers Memorial Day - I just want to say that you are loved and you are missed by the Anderson family. To the Newark Police Department and the Newark Fire Department, we will ** never ** forget what you did for the Anderson family after Robert was killed in the line of duty. Thank you. To the Newark Police Museum, thank you for your dedication and for keeping the memories alive.

Shane Anderson

May 15, 2021

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