Police Officer Roosevelt Ferrell

Police Officer Roosevelt Ferrell

Compton Unified School District Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, March 16, 1987

Roosevelt Ferrell

Police Officer Roosevelt Ferrell was shot in the leg by a sniper while on foot patrol at a local school. Officers began searching for him after he failed to respond to radio requests and found him a short time later. He was transported to a local hospital where he died a week later from cardiac arrest brought on by complications of his surgery.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested and charged with shooting Officer Ferrell. Officer Ferrell had ordered him and two other youths off the school campus 40 minutes earlier after he caught them trespassing.

Officer Ferrell was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 51
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 152

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, March 9, 1987
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Arrested

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Every morning as we walk in the station, we pass by Ferrell Way. The walkway to the station is named in your honor, with an official street sign and all.

Your sacrifice reminds us all to be ever vigilant in the performance of our duty.

Rest in Peace, Officer Ferrell.

CSPD Family
Compton School Police Department

September 14, 2016

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