Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 2 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 8/28/1902
Weapon: Handgun; Pistol
Officer John J. Flowers was shot and killed as he and his partner patrolled an Alabama Great Southern rail yard in the early morning hours looking for trespassers. Officer Flowers discovered two men in a rail car and ordered them out. When the men did not comply, Officer Flowers struck a match so that he could see them in the darkness. As soon as he did so, one of the men in the car drew a pistol and fired twice, striking Officer Flowers in the heart and killing him instantly.
Officer Flower's partner ran to his assistance, but both suspects managed to escape. They were later captured as they attempted to flee towards Tuscaloosa.
Officer Flowers had served with the Bessemer Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife and step-daughter.