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Hero Down: Newark PD Officer Ricardo Barbosa Dies From Self-Inflicted Gunshot

Belleville, NJ – Newark Police Department (NPD) Officer Ricardo Barbosa died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Oct. 28.

Belleville Police Department (BPD) officers responded to a residence on Bell Street near White Oak Terrace shortly before 11:30 p.m. and found the 29-year-old officer suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Daily Voice.

The officers conducted CPR on Officer Barbosa, but he was pronounced dead a short while later.

The Portuguese American Police Association of New Jersey confirmed Officer Barbosa’s death in a Facebook post the following day.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Brother, Police Officer Ricardo Barbosa,” the police association said. “What can you say about an overall great guy whose love for his community showed in his actions everyday. He will surely be missed by his friends and family. RIP Brother.”

Officer Barbosa joined the NPD on July 5, 2016, according to a fundraising page established to help his family in the wake of his death.

He was described as having been a “pillar” of the Ironbound community.

“He will be remembered as the officer who would give you the shirt off his back and do it with the biggest smile,” the fundraising page read.

Former NPD Lieutenant Louis Forst said he was deeply saddened to hear of Officer Barbosa’s death.

“I remember him from the Passaic County Police Academy in 2016, as well as when I was a lieutenant in the Community Focus Division at NPD,” the retired lieutenant told RLS Media. “He was compassionate, considerate and caring, both of his fellow officers and in the community. His smile was infectious and his professionalism shone just as bright.”

Officer Barbosa leaves behind his wife and his family, according to the fundraising page.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Newark Police Department Officer Ricardo Barbosa, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

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

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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