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Corporal Thomas Earl Bowles | Athens Police Department, Georgia Athens Police Department, Georgia


Thomas Earl Bowles

Athens Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 16, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 20 years

Badge # 432

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 1/12/1985

Weapon: Person

Offender: Not available

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Corporal Thomas Bowles died as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage which he suffered after being assaulted four days earlier. He was attempting to arrest a man for DUI when the man resisted and struck Corporal Bowles in the head. The officer was able to place the man under arrest and started driving to the jail.

During the drive Corporal Bowles began experiencing chest and head pains. He radioed for medical assistance and backup. He was transported to a local where he lapsed into a coma. Corporal Bowles remained in the coma until his death four days later.

Corporal Bowles had served with the Athens Police Department for 20 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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