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Motorcycle Policeman Roscoe C. Shipp | Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

Motorcycle Policeman

Roscoe C. Shipp

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 24, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 8 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Incident Date: 7/23/1929

Weapon: Not available

Offender: Never apprehended

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Motorcycle Policeman Roscoe Shipp was killed in a motorcycle accident while chasing a traffic violator on North Delaware Street.

Policeman Shipp's motorcycle struck the front wheel of an automobile going in the opposite direction while he was chasing the speeding vehicle. Policeman Shipp had attempted to pull alongside the offending vehicle when the accident occurred. The speeding vehicle was never apprehended.

Policeman Shipp was transported to a local hospital, but died from his injuries following the amputation of his mangled left leg.

Policeman Shipp had served with the Indianapolis Police Department for only eight months. He was survived by his wife, two brothers and four sisters.

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