Officer George A. Rose succumbed on Dec. 9, 2001, to a gunshot wound received ten years earlier after being accidentally shot by a fellow officer. Rose was walking to his police car in the department parking lot when a woman came to the department seeking protection from her abusive husband. The husband followed the woman and opened fire on everyone in the parking lot.
Officers returned fire and killed the suspect. His partner discovered Rose a short time later on the ground next to his patrol car. He had been struck in the head by a stray bullet, which was later determined to have been fired by another officer.
Rose never recovered and remained under doctor’s care at the Northwoods Rehabilitation Center for the next ten years until his death.
Rose had been with the agency for three years at the time of the shooting and was survived by his wife.