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Sergeant Donald Jack Sowma | Cypress Police Department, California Cypress Police Department, California


Donald Jack Sowma

Cypress Police Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, November 19, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 12 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sergeant Donald Sowma was shot and killed after he and other officers responded to a silent burglar alarm.

While he was searching the premises he was shot by a suspect. The suspect surrendered to a SWAT team six hours later.

The 32-year-old suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on July 7, 1977. He was denied parole for the third time on September 22, 2016. He will be eligible for parole again in 2021.

Sergeant Sowma is survived by his wife and four children.

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Rest In Peace Brother. You are remembered and honored on the 41st anniversary of your E.O.W. Thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA
November 19, 2017


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