Police Officer Ross Petersen
Reno Police Department
End of Watch: Friday, September 11, 1931
Tour of Duty: Unknown
Badge Number: Unknown
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Friday, September 11, 1931
Weapon Used: Gun, unknown type
Suspect Info: One shot and killed
Officer Petersen was shot and killed when he interrupted two burglars at Reno High School. He was serving as night watchman at the school during the first few days of the school year. Two suspects broke into the building and he approached them. The suspects opened fire and, in the ensuing shootout, Officer Petersen and one of the suspects were shot and killed. The other suspect was wounded and was able to escape from the scene.
Officer Petersen was survived by his wife and three sisters.