Chief of Police Charles H. Roche

Chief of Police Charles H. Roche

Abbottstown / Hamilton Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, March 5, 1977

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Charles H. Roche

Chief Roche was killed when he was struck by a drunk driver while working an accident scene on Pine Run Road. He was retrieving flares from the trunk of his unmarked vehicle when the driver struck him. Chief Roche was transported to Hanover Hospital where he died one hour later.

The suspect was found guilty of DUI and involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to a maximum of 23 months. However, his conviction was overturned by the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Chief Roche was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 48
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Acquitted on appeal

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Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

March 5, 2021

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