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Police Officer Matthew E. Bowens | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer

Matthew E. Bowens

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Monday, February 16, 2004

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 21

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 4510

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .40 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Matthew Bowens and Officer Jennifer Fettig were shot and killed while making a traffic stop on Gilbert Avenue at 0200 hours.

As the two officers called in the license plate information of the vehicle, while sitting in their patrol car, the suspect exited his vehicle and opened fire with a .40 caliber handgun, striking Officer Fettig five times and Officer Bowens three times. The shooter then went out of view as Officer Bowens exited the patrol car, returned fire three times, and then went to help Officer Fettig as he called assistance.

The shooter reappeared and shot Officer Bowens six more times before stealing his service weapon. The shooter fired a total of 19 rounds at the officers during the incident.

The killer fled in his pickup truck, but a portion of the shooting was recorded in the patrol car's camera. The killer and his brother were arrested several hours later. The killer was found guilty on four charges of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, where he died on October 15, 2010.

Both officers were transported to Henry Ford Hospital where Officer Bowens was pronounced dead. Officer Fettig was admitted in extremely critical condition and died from her wounds 12 hours later.

Officer Bowens had served with the Detroit Police Department for 3 years and was assigned to the 4th Precinct. He is survived by his father and two brothers.

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Police Officer Jennifer Timathy-Ann Fettig
Detroit Police Department, Michigan
End of Watch: Monday, February 16, 2004
Cause: Gunfire

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Ofc. Bowen, words cannot describe our gratitude for your bravery and service. I still remember this awful incident as you and Ofc. Fettig served and sacrificed everything in the same precinct where my own father and his partner served and sacrificed everything 33 years earlier. You are sorely missed and will always be remembered.

Bill
Son of another fallen officer
August 2, 2016

 

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