Police Officer John J. McGovern

Police Officer John J. McGovern

Newark Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Sunday, October 13, 1912

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John J. McGovern

Police Officer John McGovern was shot and killed while questioning three suspicious men across from the Webster Street School on Crane Street.

As he spoke with two of the men the third man stepped behind him and shot him in the back four times.

The shooter and two of his relatives were arrested. He was found guilty of first-degree murder in February 1913.

Officer McGovern was a U.S. Army veteran of the Spanish-American War and had served with the Newark Police Department for 2-1/2 years. He was survived by his wife, two children, father, and sister.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Convicted of murder

suspicious person

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 98th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

October 13, 2010

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