Investigator Robert Van Hall, Jr.

Investigator Robert Van Hall, Jr.

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Friday, December 5, 1980

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Robert Van Hall, Jr.

Investigator Robert Van Hall was shot and killed as he and his partner attempted to arrest two brothers for trafficking cocaine and marijuana.

He was a passenger in an unmarked patrol car and was shot by the suspects with a shotgun.

Both suspects were convicted of murder and sentenced to life. One had his conviction overturned and resentenced for drug convictions. He was paroled in 2013. The 32-year-old shooter, who was up for parole, died in prison January 16, 2019.

Investigator Van Hall was a Vietnam War veteran. He was survived by his wife and 14-year-old daughter.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Died in prison

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You have been gone 39 years. I miss you still. You are and will always be my hero. I often wonder what life would have been like had you lived, but am thankful for the time that we had, not only as husband and wife, but as best friends. You are forever loved and will live on in my heart forever.

Sandra VanHall-Bovenzi
NYS Police

February 15, 2020

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