Detective John Rush Roberts

Detective John Rush Roberts

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, December 23, 1935

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John Rush Roberts

Detective John Roberts was shot and killed after interrupting a gas station robbery. As he went for his service weapon he was shot and killed by the robber. The suspect stole $8.00 and fled but was eventually apprehended.

The 27-year-old suspect was an escapee from the North Carolina Penitentiary where he was serving a life sentence for murder. He was convicted of Detective Roberts' murder and executed in the electric chair on June 4, 1937.

Detective Roberts had served with the agency for 29 years. He was survived by his wife, son, three daughters, and two sisters.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 29 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Executed in 1937

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On this 85th anniversary of your heroic death please know that no passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

December 23, 2020

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