In Memoriam


Patrolman Walter Rusinak
Killed in the line of duty 12/07/1944

On December 7, 1944 at approximately 4:00 p.m. Officer Walter Rusinak had just completed his tour and was changing shifts when a call to headquarters came in reporting gunshots on Mercer Street. Officer Rusinak and all available officers responded. The suspect had been drinking earlier in the day and was arguing with his wife when he showed a gun and began shooting. Officer Rusinak attempted to enter the rear of the residence when he was fatally shot. During this rampage D.C. Robert Shanley was also shot and killed, two other officers were wounded, and two civilians were shot and killed. The suspect released his daughter and fled, later turning himself in to a neighboring community.



Deputy Chief Robert Shanley
Killed in the line of duty 12/07/1944

On December 7, 1944 at approximately 4:00 p.m Deputy Chief Robert Shanley responded to a call to headquarters reporting gunshots on Mercer Street. While at the location D.C. Shanley approached the home as the suspect emerged shooting at police while holding his three year old daughter in his arms. D.C. Shanley did not return fire and received a fatal gunshot to his heart killing him instantly. During this rampage Patrolman Walter Rusinak was also shot and killed, two other officers were wounded, and two civilians were shot and killed. The suspect released his daughter and fled, later turning himself in to a neighboring community.


On December 7, 2007 the Carteret Police Department dedicated a new monument to the memory of our fallen brothers Deputy Chief Robert Shanley and Patrolman Walter Rusinak. They were killed in the line of duty sixty three years ago this date. This lasting monument is placed in front of Carteret Police Headquarters for all to view.

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Carteret, NJ 07008

 

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