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Deputy Sheriff

Lawrence George Gowens

Alamance County Sheriff's Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, July 31, 1936


Deputy Gowens was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance two doors away from the jail. Deputy Gowens, who also served as the county jailer, heard a woman's screams when her husband shot her in the arm. He ran to the home and confronted the suspect, who shot him with a shotgun. Deputy Gowens was taken to Rainey Hospital where he died 90 minutes later. The suspect was convicted of murder and sent to prison. He was later released and has since died.

Deputy Gowens was survived by his wife and daughter

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