Detective Frank Rooney

Detective Frank Rooney

Omaha Police Department, Nebraska

End of Watch Thursday, January 31, 1918

Frank Rooney

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.

Bio

  • Age 36
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, January 30, 1918
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

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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.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

January 31, 2017

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