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Deputy Jake Owens | Fisher County Sheriff's Department, Texas Fisher County Sheriff's Department, Texas

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Jake Owens

Fisher County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, August 27, 1927

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Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

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Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Deputy Jake Owens and Sheriff Robert Smith were shot and killed after arresting two men for stealing seed cotton.

The officers allowed the men to go home and change before transporting them to jail. During the transport one of the suspects pulled out a concealed weapon and shot Sheriff Smith in the head, killing him. Deputy Owens jumped from the vehicle but was gunned down by the suspects.

The suspect in the killing of Deputy Owens and Sheriff Smith was sentenced to death, but was sent to a state mental hospital. He was declared sane, returned to prison and electrocuted at the Texas State Prison in Huntsville on October 17th, 1930.

Deputy Owens was survived by his wife and two children.

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Sheriff Robert J. Smith
Fisher County Sheriff's Department, Texas
End of Watch: Saturday, August 27, 1927
Cause: Gunfire

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Rest In Peace Deputy Sheriff Jake Owens. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice Protecting the citizens of Fisher County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your family and those brave souls who have chosen to follow in your footsteps. I also Pray that the scum who murdered you shall burn forever in the lake of fire.

Amen.

B. Sherwood Senior Special Agent retired
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
August 24, 2016

 

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