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Deputy Sheriff Martin S. Sowders | Clark County Sheriff's Department, Washington Clark County Sheriff's Department, Washington

Deputy Sheriff

Martin S. Sowders

Clark County Sheriff's Department, Washington

End of Watch: Friday, November 19, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Deputy Martin Sowders was accidentally shot and killed by another deputy during a shootout with a suspect wanted for robbing a pharmacy. During the arrest the man opened fire on the deputies. Deputy Sowders was struck by return fire from one of the other deputies. The suspect was later identified as an escaped convict from the Washington State Penitentiary.

Deputy Sowders had served seven years with the agency and was survived by his wife and child.

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Martin Sowders is a 2015 recipient of the Washington Law Enforcement Medal of Honor.

Officer Mike Severance
Seattle Police Department (Retired)
April 4, 2015

 

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