Detective Richard E. McGilvery

Detective Richard E. McGilvery

Rutgers University Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Friday, October 6, 1978

Richard E. McGilvery

Detective Richard McGilvery was accidentally shot and killed when his revolver fell out of his holster, hit the ground, and discharged, striking him, while he was chasing a burglary suspect on the Douglass Campus.

Detective McGilvery and his partner were responding to a break-in in progress on Nichol Street. They split up and at 10:55 pm, his partner heard a single gunshot. He was transported to Saint Peter's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:43 pm. A single bullet had pierced his liver and lung.

Detective McGilvery had served with the Rutgers University Police for seven years. He was survived by his wife and young son.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

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Thoughts are with the McGilvery family on the 40th anniversary of your passing earlier this month. Your passing will forever be inscribed in the annals of the Department and the University and will never be forgotten.

Deputy Chief Mike Rein
Rutgers Police

October 21, 2018

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