Parole Officer Brian F. Rooney

Parole Officer Brian F. Rooney

New York State Division of Parole, New York

End of Watch Thursday, October 10, 1985

Brian F. Rooney

Officer Brian Rooney was shot and killed as revenge for revoking the parole and returning to prison the leader of a notorious Queens drug ring he supervised.

Officer Rooney was sitting in his car on 119th Avenue near 155th Street when another car pulled up next to his and one of two suspects inside of the car opened fire on him. Officer Rooney was struck in the head, back, and left arm.

In 1992, an investigation revealed that the leader of the drug ring, who was in prison, had ordered members of his organization to assassinate Officer Rooney. Officer Rooney's killer, his accomplice, and two others were arrested and charged with murder. The drug ring leader was convicted of murder and sentenced to 40 years to life. In exchange for information involving drug activities, the shooter pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 29 years. The shooter's accomplice and another suspect were convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years. The fifth suspect was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison. All five were also convicted of Federal drug charges and were sentenced to several additional years.

Officer Rooney had served with the New York State Division of Parole for four years and is survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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My former partner of almost 3 years was assassinated on 10 October 1985 in Jamaica Queens New York. He was the victim of a contract killing placed by a drug kingpin Lorenzo "Fat Cat" Nichols who Brian had arrested on parole violations. I think of Brian all the time. He was a kind, sociable , hard working Parole Officer and amateur magician who enjoyed preforming magic tricks to staff as well as the children of his Parolee's. Upon Brian's death he left behind his wife Susan and 18 month old son Thomas. Brian is buried at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury New York.

Retired Bureau Chief Alan Reiter
New York State Division of Parole

October 9, 2018

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