Chief of Police Robert J. Mortell

Chief of Police Robert J. Mortell

Paxton Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Tuesday, February 1, 1994

Robert J. Mortell

Chief of Police Robert Mortell was shot and killed after locating three burglary suspects.

Chief Mortell was responding to the call from a neighboring department and as he turned the corner to the residence where the burglary had occurred, in a fairly wooded area, he spotted one of the suspects. Chief Mortell was confronting one of the subjects at gunpoint when the man opened fire, killing him. One of the suspects was arrested and sentenced to life.

A Boston police officer, while on his way home from the funeral of Chief Mortell, apprehended a suspect who had just shot and killed Police Officer Berisford Anderson of the Boston Police Department.

Chief Mortell was an instructor at the in-service academy at Mt. Wachusett Community College, served as the town of Paxton D.A.R.E. Officer, and was a high honors graduate of the Quinsigamond Community College Criminal Justice Program. He had served with the agency for 12 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 1

Incident Details

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

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23 years ago today, Chief of Police Robert Mortell made the supreme sacrifice. I was in labor with my only child that day, all the while watching the horrifying news coverage. I prayed this baby would NOT become a police officer. God wasn't listening to me on that day. It seems he had other plans. COP lost his life that day and a new LEO was born. Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace.

Jackie Miller
Mother and Mother-In-Law of ME LEO's

February 1, 2017

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