Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 19 years
Badge # B-13
Cause: Heart attack
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.