Night Captain William C. Rooney

Night Captain William C. Rooney

Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado

End of Watch Monday, January 22, 1900

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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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