Patrolman John J. Clowar

Patrolman John J. Clowar

Trenton Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, November 16, 1964

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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I was 7 years old when my father was killed by that grenade. I remember the morning of his death as if it was yesterday.
His death has colored my whole life. I will forever wonder what my life would’ve been like had he lived.
I still miss you, Daddy.

Terri Clowar

May 11, 2018

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