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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

Incident Date: 6/24/1960

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: 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 wanted to remember you on this 52nd anniversary year of your death. We always remember our heroes. I had left an earlier reflection for you in 2009, but this fall I had the opportunity to speak with the executive board of the LBPOA. The officers from your agency that are serving today are awesome and provided much help to our effort to preserve the death penalty in California. My son Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater was killed by a death row inmate; the killers of 43 law enforcement are on death row. Your agency helped keep them there. You would have been proud.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
November 13, 2012

 

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