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Colorado Springs Police Dept. CO Patch
Resided: CO, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Sep. 13, 1918
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 44 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Colorado Springs Police Dept. - CO
705 South Nevada Avenue  
Colorado Springs, CO   80903   USA
(719)444-7000
County: El Paso
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Chief of Detectives
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 14 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: CO   USA   Fri. Sep. 13, 1918
Summary: 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 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.

Chief Rowan was survived by his wife and son.

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