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Chief John W Rowan

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 13 Sep 1918 Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 32730777


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Colorado Springs (Colorado) Police Department Chief of Detectives Rowan was shot and killed on Friday, September 13, 1918 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 of Detectives 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.

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  • Created by: Joe & Connie, and Mariah
  • Added: 7 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32730777
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Chief John W Rowan (unknown–13 Sep 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32730777, ; Maintained by Joe & Connie, and Mariah (contributor 46889617) Unknown.