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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Officer Rose,

On this 52nd anniversary of your passing, I wanted to let you know that no passage of time shall ever erase the sacrifice you made for your community. As a DC native and former longtime resident of 20 years, I am grateful for your sacrifice and willingness to keep the peace. On this day my heart is with your family and all of the fine men and women who had the pleasure to serve alongside you. You will never be forgotten…

Daniel Bloom
Criminal Justice Scholar/Prospective Law Enforcement Officer
Silver Spring, Maryland

February 20, 2023

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