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Police Officer Vernon J. Owings | Long Beach Police Department, California Long Beach Police Department, California

Police Officer

Vernon J. Owings

Long Beach Police Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, June 24, 1960

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Owings was shot and killed when he and his partner stopped to help what they thought were two men having car trouble on Seaside Boulevard. One of the men produced a handgun and shot and killed Officer Owings. Both men were apprehended.

The gunman was the leader of a gang responsible for 70 holdups that netted the gang more than one hundred thousand dollars. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death on November 2, 1960. His sentence was later commuted to life.

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I had a chance meeting with your widow and daughter last night. You are not forgotten !!!

Lieutenant Scott Creager
Vancouver Police Department
August 6, 2016


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