Guard J. W. McClelland

Guard J. W. McClelland

Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado

End of Watch Thursday, October 3, 1929

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J. W. McClelland

Guard McClelland was killed during a prison riot.

He was survived by his wife and three children.

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.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Unknown weapon
  • Offender Committed suicide

prison riot

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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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