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Town Marshal John D. Owens | Wildwood Police Department, Florida Wildwood Police Department, Florida

Town Marshal

John D. Owens

Wildwood Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, September 6, 1908

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 56

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Pistol

Offender: Never convicted

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Constable Owens was shot and killed over a dispute involving a local doctor's dog. Constable Owens was attempting to arrest the doctor when the man shot him twice. The doctor was arrested but never tried for the murder.

Constable Owens had served as marshal of Wildwood and constable Sumter County District Three for 3 years and had previously served as a deputy sheriff for Sumter County. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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Marshall Owen was my great grandfather, and although he died before I was born, I am proud of him. Note his name was Owen, not Owens.

Dr. Jack Owen
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October 21, 2017

 

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