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Patrolman B. Frank Sowell | Lancaster Police Department, South Carolina Lancaster Police Department, South Carolina


B. Frank Sowell

Lancaster Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Sunday, July 4, 1937

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Died in prison

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Patrolman Frank Sowell was shot and killed following a car chase on US 521.

He and his partner had observed a suspicious vehicle sitting under a light at Main Street and Chesterfield Avenue at 0130 hours. When Patrolman Sowell's partner approached the vehicle and attempted to open the door it sped off. After several miles of pursuing the vehicle it struck another car and ran off the road.

As Patrolman Sowell approached it he was shot twice with a 12-gauge shotgun. The suspect fled but was later apprehended and sentenced to life in prison, where died in his 80s. The suspect had earlier escaped from the Caledonia, North Carolina, Prison Farm while imprisoned for murder.

Patrolman Sowell was survived by his wife and four children.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
July 13, 2015


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