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. The suspect had been a part of a 13-hour crime spree in the area.

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

The subject was convicted of assault.

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 Convicted of assault

arrest attempt

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It's your 12th anniversary for leaving us Dave (May 27), and you are still missed. My daughters and I remember hilarious lunches and suppers at The Harvest Restaurant, also gone. We need you now more than ever to work for RMRBIC or a similar organization that helps law enforcement officers recognize the symptoms of neurodivergent behaviors. I hope you are still telling jokes and enjoying your sesquipedalian references. I know your humor is enjoyed by many.

Captain Miriam Reed, Retired
Denver Police Department
Denver, Colorado

May 28, 2023

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