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.

Bio

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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Died in prison

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Joseph Comfort, the man who murdered Robert Van Hall has died in prison of natural causes. He died at the age of 71 after serving around 38 years in prison. I hope that this gives the family of Investigator Van Hall some peace and closure knowing that justice has been done.

To Investigator Robert Van Hall, thank you for serving in our country's military and law enforcement. Your sacrifice will always be remembered.

Anonymous

January 17, 2019

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