Police Officer Roland J. Brewster

Police Officer Roland J. Brewster

Newark Housing Authority Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, January 12, 1972

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Roland J. Brewster

Police Officer Roland Brewster was shot and killed while off-duty inside of a tavern at 20 Van Vechten Street.

He was inside the tavern when three men approached him and asked if he was a police officer. Officer Brewster responded that he was not and started to back away from the men. One of the men then drew a handgun and shot him. The three were apprehended and convicted of murder.

Officer Brewster had served with the Newark Housing Authority Police Department for 2-1/2 years.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge 9

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Convicted of murder

ambush, off duty

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Officer Brewster,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Newark. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 12, 2022

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