Patrolman Thomas Rowry, Jr.

Patrolman Thomas Rowry, Jr.

Union Point Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, May 16, 1979

Thomas Rowry, Jr.

Patrolman Thomas Rowry was shot and killed by a drunk driving suspect inside the Union Point City Hall.

The man overpowered another officer who was locking him up and gained control of his weapon. The subject then shot both officers, killing Patrolman Rowry. The man then stole a patrol car that was parked in front of city hall during his escape.

The man was arrested and sentenced to death for the murder. However, he received a second trial where he was found not guilty of murder but guilty of vehicle theft for stealing the patrol car.

Patrolman Rowry was survived by his wife and small child.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge M-732-A

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Acquitted at second trial

Most Recent Reflection

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I also went to the academy with Thomas as he sat next to me in the classroom. I attended his service as an officer with the Clarke County Police. Over the years I have often thought and shared the story Thomas and the circumstances of his sacrifice. Retired now, I am a survivor, and Thomas will never be forgotten. Thomas, sadly is my first to watch over me from the streets of Heaven 1. Law Enforcement officer will always go to Heaven. We patrolled the streets of Hell here on Earth!

Ret. Ron Kelley
Clarke County P.D / Osceola County Fl.

March 1, 2017

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