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Officer Loren Cornwell Roosevelt | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California


Loren Cornwell Roosevelt

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 5, 1946

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed to mental hospital

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Officer Loren Roosevelt was shot and killed by a suspicious man. He was en route home when he noticed the man and called him over to his patrol car. As the man approached he suddenly pulled out a handgun and opened fire, striking Officer Roosevelt nine times. Despite being mortally wounded, Officer Roosevelt was able to provide a description that led to the suspect's capture.

The suspect was sentenced to death for Officer Roosevelt's murder, but the sentence was later commuted and he was committed to a mental hospital. He was later released in 1971 and died in 2008.

Officer Roosevelt had served with the agency for 3 years, and was formerly Chief of Police for Arcadia, California. He is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

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Many do not know that they are watching a dramatization of your EOW event when they watch the film "He Walked by Night" (the film that started the radio and television series "Dragnet").

While "names were changed to protect the innoscent", more should know about your sacrifice...and how your story lead many into Law Enforcement and into Crime Scene Investigation, both by the film that dramatized your death, and the series it spawned.

Thank you sir for your service, and may G-D continue to guide your progeny so many years later.

Rev Dr John Benjamin David Tatum DD PhD
Interagency Chaplain
November 7, 2016


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