Guard John J. Eeles

Guard John J. Eeles

Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado

End of Watch Thursday, October 3, 1929

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John J. Eeles

Guard Eeles was killed during a prison riot.

Guard Eeles had served with the agency for over 25 years and was the prison's executioner.

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.

Bio

  • Age 70
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Unknown weapon
  • Offender Committed suicide

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A horrific day for the state of Colorado and an incredibly horrific day for law enforcement everywhere as these brave men made the ultimate sacrifice. Rest in peace always and know that no passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 3, 2020

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