Police Officer James Arland Rowland, Jr.

Police Officer James Arland Rowland, Jr.

Palmer Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch Saturday, May 15, 1999

James Arland Rowland, Jr.

Police Officer James Rowland was shot and killed while checking on a person who was slumped over the wheel of a pickup truck.

During the check a struggle ensued and shots were fired. Officer Rowland was struck and fatally wounded, but was able to return fire and wound the suspect. A paramedic who was riding along with Officer Rowland witnessed the incident and called for assistance. Officer Rowland was the only officer on duty at the time of incident.

Officer Rowland had served with the Palmer Police Department for three years and had served as a canine handler in the United States Navy for 6 years. He is survived by his wife and 5-year-old son.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 9G-15
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and wounded; Arrested

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Officer Rowland you have been in my heart and mind for so many years. I was blessed the day I met you. You were always there when we couldn't lift a patient. You were our Superman, our Hero of the hour. I could never get in the habit of calling you Officer Rowland, you become my friend instantly. I still have so much pain in my heart from that night because I couldn't do anything to change your outcome. You became a wonderful memory and I wish your family a wonderful Christmas. It wasn't fair to lose someone with so much goodness and God in his heart but your mom is right, God needed you, we are going to be friends forever and I will meet you again. NG-15 is 10-7.

Ulla R Stice, Chief, ret.
PA Dept. of Emergency Svs.

December 25, 2018

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