Detective Harold Lee "Sonny" Rogers

Detective Harold Lee "Sonny" Rogers

Terre Haute Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Saturday, June 16, 1984

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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i took me years to figure how i got on thfd, but i finally got it. it was you. sonny, and your plans for a music store. thanks for the job, sonny. you changed my life. sorry it didn't pan out.

thomas bastian thfd firefighter emt
musician and pal

October 2, 2016

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