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Investigator B. Cowart | Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi

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B. Cowart

Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi

End of Watch: Friday, August 6, 1965

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 19 years

Badge # B-13

Cause: Heart attack

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Investigator Cowart suffered a fatal heart attack after being pushed by a prisoner at the Clay County Jail at 1145 hours. He was assisting West Point police officers with a civil rights march of students at Mississippi State University and was searching a student who had been arrested for blocking a sidewalk. The student suddenly spun around, grabbed Investigator Cowart, and pushed him to the ground. Investigator Cowart suffered the heart attack and was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The student was charged with manslaughter but the charges were later dismissed.

Investigator Cowart had been with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety for 19 years and was survived by his wife, two daughters, and four siblings.

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Mrs. Loya, time never alters the treasured memories we hold in our hearts of our loved ones. Thank you all for your sentiments. You have honored his memory. Gratefully, Martha Lynn Cowart McDurmond

Martha Lynn Cowart McDurmond
Daughter
November 14, 2016

 

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