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Police Officer Bruce M. Russell | Roseville Police Department, Minnesota Roseville Police Department, Minnesota

Police Officer

Bruce M. Russell

Roseville Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch: Sunday, May 16, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 121

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Died in prison

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Officer Bruce Russell was shot and killed following a foot vehicle chase. The suspect vehicle crashed and as Officer Russell exited his cruiser the man opened fire on him, striking him in between the panels of his vest. He was able to return fire and wound the suspect who was later apprehended.

Officer Russell had been with the agency for one year and was survived by his wife and 2-year-old daughter.

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On May 16 1982, I was a 16 yr old kid heading to my cousins house on Draper Dr. The area was blocked off as officers seached for your killer. I will never forget that day. Your's was the first officer death I can remember.

Now after nearly 20 years as a cop, I still remember and honor your sacrifice. I drive by that spot on a regular basis and think of you and your family often. As I stand at the Memorial on May 15, I will be thinking of you again.

Thank you for laying down your life to protect that 16 yr old kid, and for your servie to the people of Roseville. God bless you Bruce.

Officer Tim Erickson
Maple Grove PD
May 13, 2016

 

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