Officer John P. DeRossette

Officer John P. DeRossette

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Tuesday, January 30, 1917

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John P. DeRossette

Officer John DeRossette was shot by one of two robbery suspects whom he was attempting to arrest and search at Brightwood and Roosevelt avenues.

The shot entered Officer DeRossette's back and lodged in his abdomen. He was transported to City Hospital and succumbed to his injuries six days later.

One of the suspects was sentenced to life in prison and the second received a 14 year sentence for robbery. The 19-year-old suspect sentenced to life was paroled on April 1, 1929, because he was near death from tuberculosis. He died five days later.

Officer DeRossette had served with the Indianapolis Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, January 24, 1917
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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