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Patrolman Thomas Rowry, Jr. | Union Point Police Department, Georgia Union Point Police Department, Georgia


Thomas Rowry, Jr.

Union Point Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 16, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: Not available

Badge # M-732-A

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Acquitted at second trial

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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.

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I went to the police academy with Thomas too in 1978. He worked really hard at being the best cadet he could be. He was a fine man and fellow officer. I have never forgotten him and will always hold dear his service and sacrifice.

Lt.(Ret.) Curtis Veal
Office Of The Sheriff Elbert Co.,Ga
February 23, 2017


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