Night Captain William C. Rooney

Night Captain William C. Rooney

Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado

End of Watch Monday, January 22, 1900

William C. Rooney

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.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Killed by citizens

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

Officer 11169

January 24, 2012

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