Lieutenant Delbert Junior Roush, Sr.

Lieutenant Delbert Junior Roush, Sr.

Charleston Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Friday, June 26, 1981

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Delbert Junior Roush, Sr.

Lieutenant Roush and Patrolman Eddie Duncan were shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on U.S. 60, near I-64, at approximately 3:00 am.

Lieutenant Roush was on his lunch break and had gone to backup Patrolman Duncan when the shooting occurred.

The suspect was apprehended, convicted of murder, and received two life sentences.

Lieutenant Roush had served with the Charleston Police Department for 33 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and three sons.


  • Age 61
  • Tour 33 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

traffic stop

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I was working the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department Communications the night you were gunned down and murdered. IT was the longest night I spent in my 16yrs. of dispatch. I did what I could to assist your Communications and also called out every uniformed unit that was on my roster to assist in the manhunt. LT you will always be on the minds of every unit of both department and others that knew you from around the Country. LT. Delbert Roush Thank you for your years of service

Communications Dispatcher Jim Brown
Kanawha County Sherifff's Dept.

January 28, 2020

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