Officer David H. Rose

Officer David H. Rose

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Saturday, February 20, 1971

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David H. Rose

Officer David Rose was accidentally shot and killed by a Montgomery County, Maryland, following a pursuit of a robbery and kidnapping suspect that ended in Montgomery County.

The suspect vehicle stopped on I-495, near University Boulevard, and a struggle ensued as they attempted to arrest the man. The officer's gun was discharged when his arm was bumped during the struggle.

Officer Rose had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for nine months. He was survived by his expectant wife and one child.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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It's taken me 50 years to get back to you, even though I have thought about that fateful Saturday night, everyday since. I try not to dwell on how unfair it was to you, your young bride and family, or why it wasn't me or one of the other MPDC brothers, first out of Scout 124. We have all grown old and gray now, but in our minds you are forever young. Time doesn't heal the pain but only teaches us to live with it and I'm sorry I've taken so long to get back to you, but we'll see each other again and until then as the Scottish ballad goes:

"So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be to you all"

John Z
4th District MPDC

John Zanelotti
Fellow Officer

May 14, 2021

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