Policeman Richie Rose

Policeman Richie Rose

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Tuesday, October 31, 1922

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Richie Rose

Policeman Richie Rose was shot and killed after being ambushed by unknown assailants while walking his beat between Kalamath and Lipan Streets on West 38th Avenue.

He had just finished eating breakfast with his wife when he returned to duty and was walking towards a call box. He noticed a dark car parked in the street and began to approach it. As he did so, several suspects in the vehicle opened fire on him. He ran to a nearby pole to take cover and returned fire. However, several more men were waiting behind him and ambushed him from behind.

After falling to the ground, the men approached him, took his gun, and fired the remaining rounds into his body.

No suspects were ever identified; however, Policeman Rose's last words were "Mafia, Mafia, Mafia," and it is presumed he was shot by area bootleggers.

Policeman Rose had served with the Denver Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Case never solved

ambush, foot patrol

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Officer Rose,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Denver.


United States Border Patrol

October 31, 2022

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