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Deputy Sheriff Arthur Owens, Jr. | Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, Virginia Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy Sheriff

Arthur Owens, Jr.

Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 3, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Heart attack

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Deputy Owens suffered a fatal heart attack moments after he and the sheriff engaged in a shootout with a suspect wanted for shooting into his neighbor's home. Four months earlier the suspect shot and wounded another deputy who had attempted to arrest him for a previous shooting.

As Deputy Owens and the sheriff approached the man he opened fire on them. The deputies returned fire and chased the man a short distance before catching him. A brief struggle ensued before they were able to subdue him.

The suspect was placed in their car as Deputy Owens walked back to speak with the original complainant. He had just walked across a short bridge leading to the man's home when he collapsed.

Deputy Owens had served with the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office for 7 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
June 3, 2015


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