Deputy Sheriff John Rooney

Deputy Sheriff John Rooney

Cochise County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

End of Watch Sunday, April 6, 1913

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John Rooney

Deputy Sheriff John Rooney was shot and killed as he and another deputy attempted to arrest two brothers on Maine Street in Lowell, Arizona.

The two had been taken into custody but began to resist. One of the brothers grabbed Deputy Rooney's service revolver and fatally shot him. The other deputy was able to return fire and killed the subject.

Deputy Rooney was appointed deputy in February 1912. He was survived by his son and brother and predeceased by his wife. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Knights of Columbus.

He is buried in the Elks plot at Evergreen Cemetery.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 1 year, 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire

arrest attempt

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Deputy Sheriff Rooney,
On today, the 101st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cochise County.


United States Border Patrol

April 6, 2014

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