Patrolman Jack A. Wright

Patrolman Jack A. Wright

Bradley Beach Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, May 31, 1976

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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
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

off duty, robbery

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I’ve known of Jack as long as I can remember.

My mother was his fiancé at the time he was killed. She told me many stories of what a wonderful man he was and she took care of his grave for twenty years after his passing.

I know she grieved immensely and missed him terribly for years.

I’m certain she was unaware he had a son. Although she might be in shock, I think she would be willing to talk and share photos and would be happy to know a part of him lives on.

Ilene’s daughter (Jack’s fiancé)

December 27, 2018

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