Patrolman Richard B. Rose

Patrolman Richard B. Rose

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, December 29, 1971

Richard B. Rose

Patrolman Richard Rose was shot and killed while responding to an armed robbery on South Main Street, in South Farmingdale.

He pursued the subject to a nearby bowling alley where the man hid beneath a parked car. As he ordered the man to drop his weapon and surrender the man opened fire with a .22 caliber sawed-off rifle, striking Patrolman Rose in the chest. The man fled the scene but was arrested in New York City the following day.

The subject was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 25 years to life. He died in prison two weeks prior to being released on parole.

Patrolman Rose had served with the Nassau County Police Department for one year.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 2516

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Died in prison

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I was a cadet in NCPD and received my blues two weeks after Richie. Worked 12x8 the night he was killed. I didn'tknow him but am affected till this day by his death he was the first officer killed in the line of duty in my career. Went to his wake at the Farmingdale firehouse You never forget your first

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