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Photograph: Constable Charles Rooke

Patch image: Manitoba Provincial Police, Manitoba

Constable Charles Rooke
Manitoba Provincial Police

End of Watch: Monday, February 3, 1913

Biographical Info
Age: 37
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Not available
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Constable Rooke was attempting to serve a summons at the time of his death. On January 26, 1913 he had opened a door onto a porch at a suspects home. He was followed by the driver of a sleigh who accompanied him. As he tried to open a second door, two shots were fired through the door with one bullet striking Constable Rooke in the chest above his heart.

Constable Rooke was too badly wounded to be transported, so the driver who accompanied him went nine miles to the nearest house with a phone and called Dauphin for help. The town police chief was notified and Dr. Harrington went to the scene in a sleigh. Little could be done for Constable Rooke there so he was wrapped warmly and rushed back to Dauphin Hospital in critical condition. They arrived after midnight and the morning paper headlined that he "lies at the point of death". The fact that he had survived at all was attributed to his excellent physical condition.

The suspect while being held on the warrant that Constable Rooke had been attempting to serve was found guilty and hanged for the murder.

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