Investigator Robert Van Hall, Jr.

Investigator Robert Van Hall, Jr.

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Friday, December 5, 1980

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. The two brothers were convicted of murder for killing Investigator Van Hall.

In April 2013 one of the subjects was granted parole. The other suspect was denied parole in January, 2016.

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 Paroled in 2013

Most Recent Reflection

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I had the honor of working with Bobby when he was assigned to the Narcotics Unit. Bobby was a great trooper and loved his work. It has been 38 years since he was killed in the line of duty and I still think of him often. Bobby was a true hero in every aspect of his life. I know he is watching over us always.

Retired Investigator Bill Morris
Retired Rochester Police Department

July 3, 2018

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