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Night Captain William C. Rooney | Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado

Night Captain

William C. Rooney

Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado

End of Watch: Monday, January 22, 1900

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Killed by citizens

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Captain William Rooney was killed when he was stabbed in the heart during a prison escape of four inmates. Three of the suspects were apprehended three days later and fourth was apprehended a day after that. When the fourth man was returned to prison an angry mob of citizens took control of him and hanged him from a telephone pole.

Captain Rooney was survived by his wife. It is believed he is buried in Cortez, Colorado.

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Rest in Peace, Captain Rooney. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
January 24, 2012

 

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