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Patrolman Marshall Jefferson Sowders, Jr. | Longview Police Department, Texas Longview Police Department, Texas

Patrolman

Marshall Jefferson Sowders, Jr.

Longview Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 22, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 3 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .44 caliber

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman Marshall Sowders was shot and killed when he made a traffic stop of a suspect while en route to an armed robbery call. The call was the second such call in less than one hour. During his response he noticed a suspicious vehicle, turned his cruiser around, and stopped the vehicle. As Patrolman Sowders approached the vehicle the driver suddenly exited and opened fire with a .44 caliber handgun, striking him several times.

Patrolman Sowders had served with the agency for three months and had previously served with another agency. He was survived by his wife.

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Butch, I don't know if you remember me. I was in my first year of law enforcement when you were murdered and 21 yrs.old, Working for Harris Co, pct#8 we made a few arrests together. I retired from Houston P.D. in 2004 w/ 27 yrs. After all these years and many LE funerals yours sticks in my mind, It was the first On duty LE funeral I have attended, I wish I could say it was the last. Beautiful Funeral with a long line of patrol cars from every agency in the area escorting you .. You are a true hero and someone I will never forget...

Police Officer Ross McCammon
Houston Police Dept. (Ret)
April 24, 2015

 

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