Sergeant Carl Richard Root

Sergeant Carl Richard Root

Duluth Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Thursday, August 18, 1966

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Carl Richard Root

Sergeant Root succumbed to wounds received when he was beaten and shot with his own weapon during a traffic stop on West Second Street. Two juvenile suspects attacked him with a jack handle and then shot him with his own weapon. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to the wounds six weeks later. Both suspects were apprehended, but because of delay in Sergeant Root's death neither was charged with murder.
Sergeant Root had been with the agency for 24 years and was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, July 6, 1966
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Not charged with murder

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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)

August 18, 2020

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