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Police Officer Terry McDowell | Whitehall Police Department, Ohio Whitehall Police Department, Ohio

Police Officer

Terry McDowell

Whitehall Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Friday, August 24, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 32

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber

Offender: Committed suicide

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Officer Terry McDowell was shot and killed as he and his partner attempted to serve a traffic citation to a woman at her home for driving without a license.

The woman had driven to the police station earlier in the day to pick her husband up, who had been arrested on a DUI charge. When it was discovered the woman did not have a driver's license, the two officers told her to walk home. Officer McDowell and his partner then went to her home to serve her a citation.

While the officers were knocking on the door, the woman's husband fired a .357 caliber handgun through the door without warning, striking Officer McDowell in chest above his vest. He immediately fired a second time striking Officer McDowell's partner in the face and eye, seriously wounding him. As Officer McDowell's partner retreated and called for assistance, the suspect stood over Officer McDowell's body and shot him several more times. Backup officers arrived on the scene and shot the suspect in the leg. The suspect then walked to the backyard of his house and committed suicide.

The gun used by the suspect was found to have been stolen from the suspect's neighbor, who had been murdered.

Officer McDowell had been employed with the Whitehall Police Department for 12 years, and is survived by his wife, 8-year-old son, and 11-month-old daughter.

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Here we are, year 16! Sat down to do some bills and just couldn't focus. Started looking around at stuff and came upon this page again. Reading the comments and seeing my post from 6 years ago......wow. I was working for your 15th memorial poker run, but hope to make Tony's run this year. You are still mentioned in the firehouse when sharing stories. You left one hell of an impression with everyone you met. Sure do miss your antics. 'til we meet again brother. Continue watching over our city (both sides of the street) as you have for the past 16 years.

FF/Medic Robert Homman
Whitehall Division of Fire
August 24, 2017


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