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Lieutenant Roscoe Franklin Russell | Elizabethton Police Department, Tennessee Elizabethton Police Department, Tennessee


Roscoe Franklin Russell

Elizabethton Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Saturday, May 5, 1956

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Not available

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Lieutenant Roscoe Russell was killed in a vehicle crash while he and his partner pursued a vehicle at a high rate of speed.

Their patrol car struck a stone cemetery entrance at an estimated 100 mph during the pursuit. An officer riding with Lieutenant Russell was severely injured.

The subject they were pursuing was arrested and charged with reckless driving and speeding.

Lieutenant Russell was a WWII veteran and was survived by his wife.

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Lt. Russell,
Sir, it has taken over 56 years but you are finally being honored. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served during WW II. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol
January 17, 2013


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