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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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I remember well the events of that night, though at the time, my life revolved around achieving high levels of success in sports. At the time, nothing scared me, but I was very naive to what really controls law, lack of law, politics, and capitalism. Yes, I was naive to the power of money. No one I knew thought for a second that Cantrell was innocent. Everyone knew he was shot in cold blood, over laws being bent, broken, and shattered for money. Years later I waited tables in Laramie, where Ed C was a regular customer. I remember being scared of him, even though he seemed old and maybe even frail. Yours should not have been the broken family. But know, your father is forever. Not just in your heart, but in the eyes of most every resident in Rock Springs in that time period.

B Brown
March 22, 2016


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