Patrolman Robert D. Strone

Patrolman Robert D. Strone

Passaic Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Thursday, May 8, 1958

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Robert D. Strone

Patrolman Robert Strone was shot and killed while on foot patrol shortly before midnight. Officers began searching for him at 12:15 am when he failed to check in, and found his body at approximately 2:00 am. He had been shot in the back and neck with his own service weapon.

Four nights later an off-duty officer at a local bar overheard two brothers, 42 and 37, bragging to others about murdering Patrolman Strone. They said they killed Patrolman Strone when he stopped them shortly after they had robbed a nearby candy store. He had both arrested and both confessed to the murder. On March 1, 1959, both were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Patrolman Strone had served with the Passaic Police Department for only 5 months. He was survived by his wife and two infant daughters.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge 100

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

May 8, 2021

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