Police Officer Joseph J. Baumann

Police Officer Joseph J. Baumann

Newark Police Division, New Jersey

End of Watch Friday, September 18, 1942

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Joseph J. Baumann

Police Officer Joseph Baumann succumbed to stab wounds sustained 15 days earlier when he was stabbed as he attempted to remove an unruly passenger from a city bus.

The passenger had been abusing other passengers and the bus driver told the man to get off of the bus. The man refused to get off of the bus and Officer Baumann, who was on his way home from work, took the man by the arm to remove him from the bus.

As the two stepped off of the bus, at Norfolk Street and South Orange Avenue, the man pulled out a knife and suddenly stabbed Officer Baumann. Another off duty officer and several citizens then chased the suspect but did not catch him. The man was apprehended several days later. Officer Baumann was transported to City Hospital where he died 15 days later. The suspect was charged with murder after Officer Baumann's death.

The suspect, 23, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.

Officer Baumann was a U.S. Army veteran and WWI and had served with the Newark Police Department for 17-1/2 years. He was assigned to the Emergency Squad. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 17 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Thursday, September 3, 1942
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Officer Baumann,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with U.S. Army on the U.S./Mexico Border in 1916 and during World War I and the Army of Occupation in Germany after the War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 18, 2022

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