Colorado Springs Police Department Chief of Detectives John Rowan was shot and killed after he and other officers attempted to arrest several members of the notorious Lewis-Jones Gang. He had learned that the gang was headed towards the city and was informed they were at a local gas station. As the officers arrived they were engaged in a shootout and Chief Rowan was shot in the head.
It is thought that the same men were responsible for the murder of Denver, Colorado, Policeman Luther McMahill the following day, although the identities of Policeman McMahill's killers were never confirmed. Several of the suspects were arrested. Two others were shot and killed in Los Angeles County, California, following a shootout in which Deputy Michael Van Vliet, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, was shot and killed.
Chief Rowan was survived by his wife and son. He is memorialized at Panel: 63-W: 13 on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC and on the Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial in Golden.
El Paso County
Maintained by: George Bacon
Originally Created by: Kimberly G. Toelle
Record added: Oct 05, 2009
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