Detective Harold Lee "Sonny" Rogers

Detective Harold Lee "Sonny" Rogers

Terre Haute Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Saturday, June 16, 1984

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Harold Lee "Sonny" Rogers

Detective Harold Rogers was shot and killed during a disturbance at the Wagon Wheel Night Club at 3rd and Walnut streets.

Detective Rogers was off duty playing in a band when the suspect brandished a handgun and threatened patrons. Pulling out his own weapon, Detective Rogers instructed everyone to get down and shots were exchanged. Detective Rogers was shot once in the head and killed instantly. The suspect, a six-time convicted felon, was sentenced to 90 years in prison.

Detective Rogers had served with the Terre Haute Police Department for 21 years. He was survived by his wife, sons, daughter and grandchildren.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .44 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 90 years

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Mr. Rogers,

I didn’t know you, but I feel as if I did.
You have left a legacy that will live on through your caring, loving, and talented family. What a role model you must have been for that to be passed on to your children and grandchildren. I am thankful for all of them, and how they set an example of how to care for others, and how to love and live with their full hearts. Thank you

John Henderson
Friend of the family

June 15, 2019

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