Police Officer Roland J. Brewster

Police Officer Roland J. Brewster

Newark Housing Authority Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, January 12, 1972

Roland J. Brewster

Police Officer Roland Brewster was shot and killed while off-duty when he attempted to take action when a tavern was robbed.

He was inside the tavern when armed suspects entered. The subjects shot him when he attempted to stop them.

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

off duty, robbery

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Officer Brewster, today marks the 44th anniversary of your murder. It is nice to know that your family has held your memory so dear. Though you were taken physically by creatures who have been cast aside by history, you never truly left them, or anyone else who knew and loved you. A true hero.

God Bless and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

January 12, 2016

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