Name of slain Deptford police officer Bobby Shisler will live on

Name of slain Deptford police officer Bobby Shisler will live on


DEPTFORD – A high school baseball field here has been named in honor of a fallen police officer.

On Friday, May 3, a sign reading “Bobby Shisler Field” was unveiled at the Deptford High School athletic complex.

Shisler, 27, died on May 7, 2023, after being shot during a confrontation with a pedestrian nearly two months earlier.

The four-year veteran was a 2014 graduate of Deptford High and a catcher on the school’s baseball team.

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“Now his name will become a fixture on the field where he spent so much time with his teammates during his high school years,” the school district said in announcing the honor.

The ceremony preceded a game between boys’ baseball teams from Deptford and Gloucester City High School.

During the ceremony, the scoreboard – and some jerseys worn by Deptford team members – featured Shisler’s badge number, 5273.

Members of the Shisler family received a framed jersey with the officer’s number, 11, from his time on the high school team. The frame also included photos of the officer and a facsimile of his signature, a school spokesperson noted.

Shisler also was on the Deptford High football team and was an avid hunter and weightlifter, according to an obituary.

He played baseball after high school at South Carolina Presbyterian College, the obituary said.

A township man, 24-year-old Mitchell Negron Jr., also died during the encounter with Shisler on March 10, 2023.

Authorities said a confrontation occurred when Negron tried to flee from a pedestrian stop on Delsea Drive near Doman Avenue.

Jim Walsh is a senior reporter at the Courier-Post, Burlington County Times and The Daily Journal. Email: [email protected].