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Officer Robert Russell | Petoskey Police Department, Michigan Petoskey Police Department, Michigan

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Robert Russell

Petoskey Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 6, 1950

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 56

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .22 caliber

Offender: Died in prison

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Officer Russell was shot and killed when he and another officer responded to a prowler call at a local business. Officer Russell went to the front of the business and the other officer went to the rear. As Officer Russell was searching the front one of two suspects shot him four times. Both suspects surrendered to police a short time later.

The suspect who killed Officer Russell was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on June 28, 1950. He died in prison on May 9, 1968.

The other suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on July 1, 1950. He was released from prison on December 2, 1960, when he was resentenced on a lesser charge.

Officer Russell was survived by his wife.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas
June 6, 2015

 

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