Detective Robert E. Walls

Detective Robert E. Walls

Essex County Sheriff's Office, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, December 18, 1985

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Robert E. Walls

Detective Robert Walls died of wounds he received the previous month when he was shot while attempting to arrest two suspects committing a robbery. Sergeant Nathaniel Taylor was shot and killed in the same incident.

Detective Walls and Sergeant Taylor were off-duty and patronizing a bar on Seventh Street in Newark, New Jersey. Two masked men entered the bar and announced a robbery. When Sergeant Taylor attempted to intervene, he was shot and killed by one of the suspects. Detective Walls drew his weapon, but was also shot and seriously wounded by one of the suspects. He died 24 days later from his wounds.

Three suspects, including the getaway car driver, were later apprehended and charged with murder. All three were convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to two consecutive 30 year terms.

Detective Walls had served with the Essex County Sheriff's Department for 27 years.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, November 26, 1985
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 60 years

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Lori (Walls) Savage

May 14, 2013

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