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 at 2:30 a.m.

Their patrol car struck the stone cemetery entrance to Happy Valley Memorial Park at 2708 Elizabethton Highway in Johnson City at an estimated 100 mph. An officer riding with Lieutenant Russell was severely injured.

The subject they were pursuing was arrested and charged with reckless driving and speeding. He was fined $50, and his license was suspended for five months and 29 days.

Lieutenant Russell was a United States Army WWII veteran and served with the Elizabethton Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife, mother, three sisters, and four brothers.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Fined $50

single vehicle crash, vehicle pursuit

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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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