Patrolman John J. Clowar

Patrolman John J. Clowar

Trenton Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, November 16, 1964

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John J. Clowar

Patrolman Clowar was killed while responding to a report of a man attempting to blow up a tavern. The bar owner was able to lock the man outside of the bar before Patrolman Clowar and his partner arrived.

As Patrolman Clowar approached the door the suspect pulled the pin on a hand grenade. The grenade detonated, killing the suspect, an acquaintance, and Patrolman Clowar.

Patrolman Clowar had served with the agency for 4 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 189

Incident Details

  • Cause Bomb
  • Weapon Explosives; Grenade
  • Offender Not available

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On this actual anniversary of your heroic and untimely departure I would like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that you are never forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

November 16, 2020

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