Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Officer John DeRossette, a mounted policeman, was shot while investigating recent grocery store robberies.
As he approached two suspects near a barber shop on Brightwood Street near Roosevelt Avenue, one man drew a revolver and fired before they fled the scene.
The shot entered Officer DeRossette's back and lodged in his abdomen. He was transported to City Hospital and died from the injuries he suffered six days later.
Both suspects were subsequently apprehended and identified by Officer DeRossette. The 19-year-old shooter was convicted of murder in a change of venue to Shelby County and sentenced to life in prison.
His 21-year-old accomplice was charged with robbery and later sentenced to five to 14 years in prison.
Officer DeRossette, a member of the mounted unit, was survived by his wife, sister, four brothers and his equine partner, Cola. Two of his brothers also served as officers with the department.
The responsibilities of the Indianapolis Police Department (1854–2006) are now under the jurisdiction of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.