Lieutenant Roscoe Franklin Russell

Lieutenant Roscoe Franklin Russell

Elizabethton Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, May 5, 1956

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Roscoe Franklin Russell

Lieutenant Roscoe Russell was killed in a vehicle crash while he and his partner pursued a vehicle at a high rate of speed.

Their patrol car struck a stone cemetery entrance at an estimated 100 mph during the pursuit. An officer riding with Lieutenant Russell was severely injured.

The subject they were pursuing was arrested and charged with reckless driving and speeding.

Lieutenant Russell was a WWII veteran and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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Lt. Russell,
Sir, it has taken over 56 years but you are finally being honored. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served during WW II. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 17, 2013

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