Patrolman David Roberts

Patrolman David Roberts

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Friday, May 27, 2011

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David Roberts

Patrolman David Roberts succumbed to injuries associated with a gunshot wound sustained on March 29, 1985. He was shot in the face while attempting to arrest a suspect at an apartment building on South Clarkson Street.

He was left paralyzed on the left side of his body, and his condition continued to deteriorate until he passed away.

Patrolman Roberts had served with the Denver Police Department for six years. He was survived by his daughter, a brother, and two sisters.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 79-36

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, March 29, 1985
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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I was a young Denver Police Officer attending the police academy, when it was located at 550 E. Iliff Ave. One day dutng lunch, I saw a man walking across the fields behind the academy building, and he appeared to have some difficulty walking. A short time later, after we had returned to class, the same gentleman was escorted into the classroom, and was introduced to our class. It was the same man I saw struggling to cross the field...Dave Roberts. During his introduction, we were told about the circumstances of Officer Roberts' shooting, and of the difficulties that he now lived with every day. Dave spoke to us at length, and was animated and engaging, and still so full of life. It was a day that changed something inside of me, and is also something that I will never forget. After graduating the academy, I crossed paths with Dave a few times, and always enjoyed taking a few minutes to talk with him. It was evident that he was so broken hearted at no longer being able to serve as a Denver Policeman. I was saddened to hear of Dave Roberts' passing. He was truly on of the great ones...Aces, all the way around! Rest in peace, Officer Dave Roberts.

Jeffrey Rawson
Denver P.D. 86043

September 28, 2020

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