Hero Down: RPPD Ofcr Edward Nortrup Dies Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot After Crash

Holly Matkin

Roselle Park Police Officer Edward Nortrup served his department for 13 years.

Matawan, NJ – Roselle Park Police Officer Edward Nortrup died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Sunday.

The incident occurred near the Matawan Municipal Community Center on Broad Street just after 12 p.m., NJ.com reported.

The 39-year-old, off-duty officer slammed his vehicle into two parked cars, causing his vehicle to partially roll over and trapping him inside.

“As first responders left the vehicle to get equipment to help with the extraction, the driver located a firearm and fatally shot himself,” Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson Chris Swendeman told NJ.com.

It was unclear whether or not the firearm Officer Nortrup used was a personal firearm or his duty weapon.

Officer Nortrup served the Roselle Park Police Department (RPPD) for 13 years, and was assigned to the detective bureau at the time of his death, the agency said in a Facebook post on Monday.

“It is with tremendous sadness that Police Chief Daniel J. McCaffery announces the passing of Roselle Park Police Officer Edward Nortrup,” the post read. “Patrolman Nortrup was a co-worker, friend, and a brother.”

He also served on the Union County Emergency Response Team during his career.

“Always willing to help others, Patrolman Nortrup was a well-respected member of the law-enforcement community, and will be sorely missed,” the RPPD said. “We would ask that you respect the privacy of the family during this time of grieving.”

Chief McCaffery said that the entire department is grieving the loss of Officer Nortrup, NJ.com reported.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Roselle Park Police Officer Edward Nortrup, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Comments (26)
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Excalibr4
Excalibr4

obvious suicide, from the information provided. I wish they would give more background to give those who read this a reason why. I can guess. Too much stress. Too little respect, appreciation and compensation from those above and those he swore to protect.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Barry said it’s such a young man it breaks my heart that he chose this way to deal with whatever problems he was having very very sad day tremendous loss

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#fbi

bryantrent
bryantrent

So sad

oly4ray 2020
oly4ray 2020

It is sad to see what's going on with Law Enforcement officers. R.I.P. sorry that we keep failing you guys. Sorry we as human beings have the feeling to actually make an already stressing job more difficult, sorry that we as human have fallen so low to forget and not support our heros.

Sorry that you felt these was the only way to handle what ever you were going through.

Condolences to your blood family and leo family. May you rest in peace sir. We got the watch.

NomonK
NomonK

I don't think none of us outside the Force really know the type nor amount of personal pressure these folks are under.
RIP and may your family both blood and blue find peace and comfort.

sizzle937
sizzle937

We see way to many LEOs killing themselves. We as citizens can’t understand what they go through. RIP. Sir bless you and your family

NHI2020
NHI2020

Other than the official statement being that it was suicide, it is not obvious. As someone that has had a brain injury, I could see how a person could be disoriented in an over turned car with a concussion. He could have been experiencing motor planning issues (unable to properly control his arms) and been trying to get out of the car with the weapon and it accidentally went off. He could have been disoriented and thought he was involved in a pursuit and it was the bad guy coming after him. It does appear to be a suicide, but I don't see how they can make a final determination so quickly. I assume the 1st responders had spoken to him and had a preliminary assessment of his level of consciousness. They need to look for video of him driving down the road and test for medical issues that could have affected his cognition and judgement. It is definitely too soon to announce why, even if the family wants to at some point. It would be premature without time to talk to the family, colleagues, his personal doctors, etc. And even if a reason is found, we are not typically entitled to know. A statement as to whether it was 'job stress' and not 'personal issues' may be appropriate at some time as that would make it service related.

Raymelson
Raymelson

This happen to many times all over the United states somebody needs to figure out why

Alicealabama
Alicealabama

All we can do is lift loved one's up and be kinder and more loving to officer's every where as well as all who serve us. Where would we be without any of them. Thank you sir for all you have done. R I P

MSK
MSK

Very sad and one may never know what provoked the officer to take his life. As the brother of a LEO that followed this same path I will say that there are many, many variables that come in to play in these situation. What is important is that people realize just how important police officers are to our safety, security and way of life. They must be respected (which since Obama was President they have not been) and those close to them should take note of any change in mood or behavior no matter how subtle. If you are worried that something is not right, take action.

Luscious775
Luscious775

Is the accident on purpose? This is horrible guess we won’t ever know RIP

Schick56
Schick56

🙏🙏🙏


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