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Patrolman Richard B. Rose | Nassau County Police Department, New York Nassau County Police Department, New York


Richard B. Rose

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 29, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 2516

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/29/1971

Weapon: Rifle; .22 caliber

Suspect: Died in prison

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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.

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I remember Richie from when I first met him when I was a cadet in the police academy and I met him in HQ. He was already a cadet that had graduated. I will never forget his sense of humor and humility. He was one of the first friends that I made in the police department. I will never forget him. God bless him.

I was working undercover in narcotics bureau the day Richard Rose was shot and killed. That night, we received information from an informant who the shooter was, whom I personally knew from going to high school in Amityville . I went with a few other officers and detectives and started to hit every location that the shooter had been allegedly sited at, just missing him. He was later located by detectives weeks later.

Sergeant Michael Falco
February 16, 2014


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