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Detective John Rush Roberts | Dallas Police Department, Texas Dallas Police Department, Texas


John Rush Roberts

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, December 23, 1935

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 58

Tour: 29 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Executed in 1937

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Detective John Roberts was shot and killed after interrupting a gas station robbery. As he went for his service weapon he was shot and killed by the robber. The suspect stole $8.00 and fled but was eventually apprehended.

The 27-year-old suspect was an escapee from the North Carolina Penitentiary where he was serving a life sentence for murder. He was convicted of Detective Roberts' murder and executed in the electric chair on June 4, 1937.

Detective Roberts had served with the agency for 29 years. He was survived by his wife, son, three daughters, and two sisters.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 76th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 23, 2011


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