DEPTFORD: 27 year old Deptford Township Police Officer Robert (Bobby) Shisler has died in the line of duty. Officer Shisler died today as a result of a shooting back in March. On March 10 at approximately 12:30 Officer Shisler conducted a pedestrian stop on Drlsra Drive. The suspect took off on foot and a struggle ensued. During the struggle gunfire erupted, and both the suspect and officer were shot. The suspect 24 year old Mitchell Negron Jr. died on scene.
A fellow officer applied a tourniquet on Officer Shisler and drove him in his patrol car to Cooper Medical Center. Officer Shisler fought for his life until it ended today.
In a statement Deptford Police released the following:
“It is with deep sadness we advise that earlier today, Deptford Police Officer Robert Shisler succumbed to his injuries he suffered in the March 10*, 2023 shooting incident. Officer Shisler dedicated his life to the service of the residents of Deptford Township. He helped ensure the safety of our community where he was born, raised, lived, and worked. Today, the Deptford Township Police Department, along with Mayor and Council, mourn the loss of one of our own who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
Our deepest sympathies are with the Shisler family during this difficult time of bereavement. Though nothing can take away the pain of his passing, Bobby’s incredible strength and bravery will be an unforgettable example of being Deptford Strong. He was the best of ALL of us.
We want to thank the Deptford community for the tremendous outpouring of support. The last few weeks have been extremely difficult and your constant acts of kindness have helped in these challenging times. It is so good to see our community join ranks in support of Officer Shisler, his family, and the Deptford Police Department.
We also want to thank the Gloucester and Camden County law enforcement community, along with the NJ State Police, for their support and assistance. We appreciate all you have done to ensure the safety of our community and the honoring of Officer Shisler.
Officer Shisler will always be remembered for his dedication and his commitment to the residents of this great community. We are extremely grateful and thankful for his service. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.”
Patrol Officer Bobby Shisler’s Patrol car, unit 535, is currently parked in front of the Municipal Building.
In a statement, New Jersey Representative Donald Norcross (D-NJ) released the following:
“Officer Shisler was a dedicated public servant who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty for Deptford township, where he was born and raised. He served and protected his community with honor and integrity, and he made Deptford a better and safer place for everyone. We must never forget Officer Shisler’s service and sacrifice, and we will remember him as the hero that he is. I am keeping his family, friends, fellow law enforcement officers, and the entire Deptford community in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
Attorney General Matthew Platkin also released the following statement.
“It is with great sorrow that I extend my deepest condolences to the mourning family, friends and colleagues of Deptford Township Police Officer Robert “Bobby” Shisler, who lost his fight for survival today. His passing in the line-of-duty illustrates the risks facing law enforcement, and how every day when they put on the uniform, New Jersey’s police officers also put their lives on the line to make their communities safer. I am grateful for the service and sacrifice of Officer Shisler and police officers across our state, and saddened by this tragic loss. Please keep the Deptford Township Police and Officer Shisler’s family in your prayers. End of Watch: May 7, 2023.”