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Patrolman David Roberts | Denver Police Department, Colorado Denver Police Department, Colorado


David Roberts

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch: Friday, May 27, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 58

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 79-36

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/29/1985

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman David Roberts succumbed to injuries associated with a gunshot wound sustained on March 29, 1985. He was shot in the face while attempting to arrest a suspect at an apartment building on South Clarkson Street.

He was left paralyzed on the left side of his body, and his condition continued to deteriorate until he passed away.

Patrolman Roberts had served with the Denver Police Department for six years. He was survived by his daughter, a brother, and two sisters.

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Dave, the Denver Police Department memorial starts with the lines, "When duty called, there was no thought but answer. No question, but the task that must be done." You lived the spirit of those lines and the spirit of our badge. You were also witty and always had a one-liner ready--a trait you never lost. You live on in the memories of those who knew you and are an inspiration even to those who did not have that good fortune.

Tina Lewis Rowe
Captain, Denver Police Department (ret.)
U.S. Marshal, Colorado (ret.)
February 12, 2017


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