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Night Marshal John Wesley Rose | Kirksville Police Department, Missouri Kirksville Police Department, Missouri

Night Marshal

John Wesley Rose

Kirksville Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Monday, November 17, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 60

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Night Marshal John Rose was shot and killed while he and another marshal questioned a man in connection with a gas station robbery. During the questioning the suspect shot Marshal Rose and the other officer before escaping into nearby woods.

In 1933 the suspect was sentenced to life in prison for the murders of Patrolman Ira Evans and Patrolman Leo Gorski, both of the Minneapolis, Minnesota, Police Department, on December 16, 1932.

In 1934 the suspect was believed to have gone insane and was transferred to a state hospital. Two years later he led an escape of 15 inmates and continued to rob banks. On July 8, 1936, he shot and killed Officer Cal Palmer, of the Enid, Oklahoma, Police Department, after getting drunk in a local bar.

Marshal Rose had been in law enforcement for 18 years and was survived by his wife and six children. He is buried in Maple Hills Cemetery, Kirskville, Missouri.

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Police Officer Cal Palmer
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End of Watch: Wednesday, July 8, 1936
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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 81rst 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05
November 17, 2011


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