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Detective Frank Rooney | Omaha Police Department, Nebraska Omaha Police Department, Nebraska


Frank Rooney

Omaha Police Department, Nebraska

End of Watch: Thursday, January 31, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/30/1918

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Apprehended

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Detective Rooney succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day when he and several other officers raided a cabin where six gang members who had just robbed a jewelry store on Dodge Street were located. In a resulting gunfight Detective Rooney was mortally wounded and two supects were wounded. Five suspects were taken into custody at the scene. One who escaped was captured several weeks later. Detective Rooney was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital where he died the following day.

All six suspects were charged with Detective Rooney's murder. Two were convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison. One of them was pardoned by the Governor a year later. The other suspect was paroled November 21, 1928.

Detective Rooney served with the agency for 10 years and was survived by his wife and daughter. He is buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Det. Rooney,
On today, the 99th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Omaha.


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January 31, 2017


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