Detective John Tamburro

Detective John Tamburro

Essex County Sheriff's Office, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, October 1, 1979

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John Tamburro

Detective Tamburro was shot and killed when he attempted to intervene in a robbery of a liquor store. Detective Tamburro was off-duty and talking with the manager of the store when a gunman entered and announced a robbery. The suspect had taken $50 from the manager, when Detective Tamburro reached for his service weapon. The suspect opened fire, killing Detective Tamburro.

Two suspects were later apprehended. The suspect who shot Detective Tamburro pleaded guilty and was sentenced to prison.

Detective Tamburro had served with the Essex County Sheriff's Department for 9 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Pleaded guilty

off duty, robbery in progress

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Det. Tamburro,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Essex County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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October 1, 2019

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