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Deputy Sheriff John Luff Owens | Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, Florida Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

John Luff Owens

Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, March 13, 1921

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Pistol

Offender: Shot and Killed

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Deputy Sheriff Owens was shot and killed as he and his driver responded to a call regarding a man armed with a pistol. Deputy Owens confronted the man in Dogtown and attempted to place him under arrest. As he did so, the suspect fired, striking Deputy Owens and killing him instantly. Deputy Owen's driver then shot and killed the suspect.

Deputy Owens was survived by his wife and six children. He was buried in the New Bethel Baptist Cemetery (now the Dogtown Cemetery) in Dogtown.

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The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association
August 27, 2016


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