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Patrolman Michael Angel Rosa | Rock Springs Police Department, Wyoming Rock Springs Police Department, Wyoming


Michael Angel Rosa

Rock Springs Police Department, Wyoming

End of Watch: Saturday, July 15, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Acquitted

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Patrolman Michael Rosa was shot and killed by the city's director of safety after a heated argument. It was alleged that the suspect killed Patrolman Rosa to keep him from testifying about corruption in the department. The suspect was charged with Patrolman Rosa's murder but was acquitted in trial.

Patrolman Rosa was an undercover narcotics officer and was survived by his wife, two daughters, and son.

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July 1978......I believe you, Rosas. I was in Rock Springs for one very frightening night, on a cross country camping trip with my younger sister. We slept in the car, on that main street. Only night in my life I slept with a bowie knife in one hand and the other on my sister, who I made sleep in the back seat, just in case. Asked a cop for help, he told us to get out of town before dark. Or we could sleep underneath our stuff and he would try to be sure we were safe, but no guarantees, better to leave. Never looked at my face, looked left and right as if he himself were afraid.

After dark, all kinds of things were happening. It was the most frightening night of my entire life, and I'm almost some 40 years on now.

He was not your dad, but another good man.

I believe your story.

Passed through Rock Springs July 1978
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August 17, 2015


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