Patrolman Rufus H. Rodgers

Patrolman Rufus H. Rodgers

Aiken Department of Public Safety, South Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, April 22, 1950

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Rufus H. Rodgers

Officer Rufus Rodgers was shot and killed with his own weapon after responding to a domestic dispute between a father and two sons.

A second officer was arresting one of the sons for possessing a knife and Officer Rodgers was about to arrest the father. The other son snuck up behind Officer Rodgers and grabbed his gun. As he turned around he and the suspect's father were shot several times. The father was also killed. The suspect fled the scene but was later arrested in the woods behind his house during a manhunt. The 26-year-old suspect was subsequently sentenced to life.

Officer Rodgers is survived by his wife, son, and five daughters.


  • Age 65
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in peace Patrolman Rodgers.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 7, 2020

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