Guard Robert A. Wiggins

Guard Robert A. Wiggins

Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado

End of Watch Thursday, October 3, 1929

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Robert A. Wiggins

Guard Wiggins was shot and killed by rioters after being held hostage for a day.

Officer Wiggins served as the prison's blacksmith. He was survived by his wife and one son.

Eight prison guards were killed when prisoners at the Colorado State Penitentiary rioted. A total of 2,000 rounds of ammunition were fired during the riot and large sections of the prison were destroyed by fire.

In addition to the eight guards, the rioting prisoners also murdered two inmates. Three of riot's ringleaders committed suicide.


  • Age 65
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

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I have the greatest respect and admiration for the profession of Corrections Officer, or Prison Guard as you were once called. This incident which took so many lives is a prime example of the dangers you face. Police Officers get to deal with the GOOD in society from time to time whereas you only deal with the BAD, even when some of the inmates are basically decent people, they certainly wouldn't be in your custody if they were angels.

I can only hope that all those involved faced true justice when all was said and done, if not in this life, then in the next.

I also hope you have found nothing but peace in your eternal rest. God Bless you and thank you for your service, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

October 3, 2015

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