Patrolman Richard B. Rose

Patrolman Richard B. Rose

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, December 29, 1971

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Richard B. Rose

Patrolman Richard Rose was shot and killed while responding to an armed robbery on South Main Street, in South Farmingdale.

He pursued the subject to a nearby bowling alley where the man hid beneath a parked car. As he ordered the man to drop his weapon and surrender the man opened fire with a .22 caliber sawed-off rifle, striking Patrolman Rose in the chest. The man fled the scene but was arrested in New York City the following day.

The subject was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 25 years to life. He died in prison two weeks prior to being released on parole.

Patrolman Rose had served with the Nassau County Police Department for one year. He was survived by his parents and fiancee.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 2516

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Died in prison


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I also remember the night Richie was killed. I had a holiday party at my house with thre other PO when the news came over. Richie was driving car 810 which happened to be my car also. Very heart broken… Richie was so young and so loved by all his brothers. RIP never forgotten. Retired PO John Hanshe.

Retired PO John Hanshe

January 28, 2022

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