Guard Joseph Michalowski

Guard Joseph Michalowski

Middlesex County Sheriff's Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Saturday, May 8, 1943

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Joseph Michalowski

Guard Michalowski was shot and killed after being taken hostage by a prisoner who was escaping from the Middlesex County Jail. The suspect, who was in jail awaiting trial on charges of atrocious assault with the intent to kill, attacked Guard Michalowski and forced him to open a secret gun locker. After taking a gun from the locker, the suspect forced Guard Michalowski into a guard station wagon, and ordered him to drive away.

When the wagon entered the town of Highland Park, Guard Michalowski spotted a Highland Park patrolman and attempted to signal him. The suspect, seeing what was happening, shot and killed Guard Michalowski. The patrolman, alerted by the sound of the gunshots, ran to the wagon. The suspect pushed Guard Michalowski's body from the wagon and fled.

The Patrolman gave chase on the running board of a commandeered civilian auto, and then on foot through several backyards. When the suspect attempted to pull a man from his car at gunpoint, that man refused and attempted to wrestle the gun from the suspects hand. The suspect was able to break free, and fired two shots at the approaching patrolman, both of which missed. The patrolman returned fire, striking the suspect in the head. The suspect died the next day from his wound.

Guard Michalowski was serving at a temporary guard in the Middlesex County Jail, and had served in such capacity for four months. He was survived by his wife, son and daughter.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Pop Pops....

I know that yesterday was a day to rejoice as your Sonny (my Dad) was reunited with you and Grandma in heaven. It probably seemed like a long time for my father here on earth to wait for the day to be reunited, but when you have eternity in heaven left, I am sure he is overcome with joy.

I will miss my Dad, and even though I never met you, I knew the man that was my father and know your 10 years together was enough to shape a great man for which I will forever be thankful to you.

Peace be with you and enjoy being reunited with your son......

Greg M Michalowski

October 13, 2019

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