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 two 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 Officer Brewster, killing him.

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 Not available

ambush, off duty

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Officer Brewster, your brave and selfless actions that day define the word hero. Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice are always remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

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

October 12, 2020

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