Patrolman William J. Rooney

Patrolman William J. Rooney

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, June 20, 1942

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William J. Rooney

Patrolman Rooney was shot and killed by another officer who was intoxicated while on duty.

Patrolman Rooney was in the patrol car with the officer at Amsterdam Avenue and West 140th Street and arguing with the officer over his intoxicated state. The other officer shot Patrolman Rooney in both legs. He was transported to Harlem Hospital where he died of his wounds a short time later.

The suspect was convicted of first-degree manslaughter and sentenced to 4 to 8 years in prison.

Patrolman Rooney was assigned to the 30th Precinct. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 15300

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 8 years

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 21, 2015

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