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Night Policeman Orville E. Rosenstengel | Vandalia Police Department, Missouri Vandalia Police Department, Missouri

Night Policeman

Orville E. Rosenstengel

Vandalia Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Saturday, November 19, 1960

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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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.

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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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