Patrolman Clarence R. Roseland

Patrolman Clarence R. Roseland

Morris Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, February 3, 1935

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Clarence R. Roseland

Patrolman Clarence Roseland was shot and killed when he interrupted a kidnapping-robbery in progress.

Patrolman Roseland was coming out of a store when he noticed a suspicious man exiting a closed store. As Patrolman Roseland met up with suspect at the front door of the closed store he was ambushed and his pistol was taken by the suspect. Patrolman Roseland was then ordered to walk out of the store by the suspect.

The kidnapping victim was able to escape in the meantime and call for help, but when help arrived they found Patrolman Roseland had been shot and killed in a struggle with the suspect.

The suspect was later captured after a manhunt, convicted and sentenced to life in prison. His sentence was later reduced to 60 years. On October 11, 1956, he died of injuries he suffered in a 42-foot jump from a cell house tier to the concrete floor below.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide in prison

ambush, kidnapping, robbery in progress, suspicious person

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I just saw today where a portion if a highway in Morris was named in your honor. May you continue to rest in peace and please pray for those still serving in uniform to protect us from evil.

Retired Sgt. Robert Mar, Sr.
PD Joliet IL

Retired Sgt R.J. Mau, Sr.
PD Joliet IL

September 16, 2022

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