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Deputy Sheriff William Douglas Bowman | Clackamas County Sheriff's Department, Oregon Clackamas County Sheriff's Department, Oregon

Deputy Sheriff

William Douglas Bowman

Clackamas County Sheriff's Department, Oregon

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 12, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Deputy Bowman was shot and killed during a SWAT training exercise in which he was participating with other members of his agency's SWAT team at Camp Rilea, Oregon.

Deputy Bowman and ten other officers were training in a mock building when a live round was fired from another officer's weapon and struck him in the head. Only dummy rounds were supposed to be used in the exercise.

Deputy Bowman had served with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Department for 6 years, and had been part of the SWAT team for 2 years. He is survived by his wife and two children, ages three years and three months.

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Bill, your funeral was the first and hardest LEO service I attended. Numerous military funerals did nothing to prepare me for CCOM call for status. Your passing was a tragedy that could have and should have been prevented. Rest In Peace.

Ray Inabnitt
Former Molall PD / Clackamas County SO and Marion County SO
February 12, 2016


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