Patrolman Jack A. Wright

Patrolman Jack A. Wright

Bradley Beach Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, May 31, 1976

Jack A. Wright

Patrolman Jack Wright was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two robbery suspects near the intersection of Hammond Avenue and Park Place Avenue while off duty.

He had just finished his shift and was still wearing his uniform, covered by a wind-breaker, and was picking his fiancee up at a convenience store. While inside, shortly after midnight, two suspects attempted to enter the store but began to flee when they saw Patrolman Wright.

Patrolman Wright gave chase and caught the suspects against a car. As he began to frisk the men one of them produced a .38 caliber handgun and shot him in the chest, fatally wounding him. Both suspects were apprehended and sentenced to life. They were denied parole in 2002.

Patrolman Wright had served with the agency for less than 1 year. He was survived by his son, fiancee, and his parents.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

off duty, robbery

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Today is my memorial day. 40 years ago tonight everything changed. For 40 years you have been missed. I missed you long before i knew you were gone and i miss you now and always will. Your memory will survive as long as i am alive for you are still a part of me and i of you. Just after midnight 40 years ago tonight everything changed and much was lost not just for me but for everyone that knew you and for everyone who's life you had touched along the way.

Ptl Officer Jack A. Wright
End of watch: May 31, 1976

Jack Wright

May 31, 2016

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