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

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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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Dear Parole Officers, Brian’s sisters wish to thank you so very much for the love and support you have shown to Brian’s memory over these many years. A heartfelt thank you to those Officers who honor his grave every single year since Brian passed. We are so truly grateful that you all continue to think of him. Having just visited his grave today the flags and flowers have brightened his grave once again thanks to you. May God always watch over each of you and may He keep you safe.

Brian’s Sisters

October 9, 2019

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