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Officer John P. DeRossette | Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana


John P. DeRossette

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 30, 1917

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/24/1917

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer John DeRossette was shot by one of two robbery suspects whom he was attempting to arrest and search at Brightwood and Roosevelt avenues.

The shot entered Officer DeRossette's back and lodged in his abdomen. He was transported to City Hospital and succumbed to his injuries six days later.

One of the suspects was sentenced to life in prison and the second received a lesser sentence.

Officer DeRossette had served with the Indianapolis Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife.

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