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Photograph of Richard P. Horan

1922 - 1957

On April 18, 1957, Special Agent Richard P. Horan was killed in Suffield, Connecticut, by Francis Kolakowski, a fugitive wanted for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for the murder of his wife. He was also being sought in connection with a $66,573 payroll robbery, which took place on April 11, 1957, in Windsor, Connecticut. The FBI learned that Kolakowski was at his sister's home. While other officers searched the adjacent field and covered the entrances, SA Horan and a small group entered the home by forcing the basement hatchway at the rear. Kolakowski shot and killed SA Horan as the Agent began climbing the stairs to the floor above. Before officers could reach him, the fugitive killed himself.

SA Horan was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in April of 1922. He attended Western State College of Colorado at Gunnison, Colorado, for a couple of years before returning to Hartford to complete his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Trinity College. In 1948, SA Horan entered on duty as a Special Agent of the FBI and transferred to the Hartford Resident Agency.

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