Patrolman Robert Bolden

Patrolman Robert Bolden

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, January 22, 1971

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Robert Bolden

Patrolman Robert Bolden was shot and killed when he intervened in an altercation while off duty at a restaurant at 345 Gold Street.

It is believed that several suspects had planned to rob the restaurant and Patrolman Bolden attempted to stop them. One of the men pulled out a sawed off shotgun from under his coat and opened fire on him. Despite being wounded, Patrolman Bolden returned fire before he was struck in the chest and killed. The suspects fled, and were never apprehended.

Patrolman Bolden served with the New York City Police Department for 15 years and was assigned to the 75th Precinct. Patrolman Bolden was a U.S. Navy veteran

Patrolman Bolden was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 20025
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Never identified

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Your heroic and selfless actions are beyond the definition of duty before self. Rest in peace knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 10, 2020

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