Patrolman Joseph C. Hagel

Patrolman Joseph C. Hagel

Newark Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, March 15, 1961

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Joseph C. Hagel

Patrolman Hagel was shot and killed during a robbery attempt at a tavern on Summer Avenue. He had gotten off duty and was heading home when he stopped at the tavern to return a borrowed car to a friend. While he was sitting inside two men entered and announced a holdup. Patrolman Hagel drew his weapon and one of the suspects opened fire, striking Officer Hagel in the head and twice in the body. Although mortally wounded, Patrolman Hagel returned fire and wounded the suspect, who was arrested a short time later.

Patrolman Hagel had served with the agency for 37 years. He was survived by his wife, three sons, and four daughters.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 37 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Shot and wounded

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I still remember the early morning the phone call came. We were all in shock. I remember every moment of his wake. As he has always been my hero, I dedicated our November 2014 commission meeting to him and his family. Peace be with you and your family Uncle Joe.

Robert Hagel Public Safety Commissioner

December 25, 2015

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