Night Policeman Orville E. Rosenstengel

Night Policeman Orville E. Rosenstengel

Vandalia Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Saturday, November 19, 1960

Orville E. Rosenstengel

Officer Orville Rosenstengel was shot and killed after arresting a man for creating a disturbance. He was off duty, eating dinner, when he received reports about a man who drove into a private driveway and began to create a disturbance. Officer Rosenstengel put on his police cap and badge, but left his gun, and went to the scene. He arrested the man and drove him to the Vandalia City Hall in the suspect's car.

When he ordered the man out of the car the supsect grabbed a hidden gun and shot him in the chest, killing him instantly. The suspect was apprehended and charged with murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Rosenstengel had served with the agency for 5 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, daughter, two grandchildren, mother and five siblings.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I recently spoke with your son and learned the story of your sacrifice. May you rest in peace. Your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Tpr. S.B. #315

January 12, 2013

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