Police Officer John F. Gottfried

Police Officer John F. Gottfried

Newark Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Friday, November 28, 1980

John F. Gottfried

Officer John Gottfried was shot and killed when he attempted to stop a bank robbery. Officer Gottfried, a member of the Emergency Bureau, had gone to a nearby bank on his lunch break to cash a check. While waiting in line three suspects entered to rob the bank. Officer Gottfried exchanged shots with the suspect and was fatally wounded. He was able to wound one of the suspects as well.

All three men were apprehended and sentenced to life.

Officer Gottfried had served with the agency for 22 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 636

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Officer Gottfried,
On today, the 37th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USN during WW II as a crew member on the aircraft carrier USS Randolph(CV 15) fighting the Japanese in the Pacific. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

November 28, 2017

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