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.

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.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 92nd anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 8, 2014

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