Detective Richard E. McGilvery

Detective Richard E. McGilvery

Rutgers University Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Friday, October 6, 1978

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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 (Inadvertent)

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