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Deputy Sheriff James Owens | Lewis County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky Lewis County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff

James Owens

Lewis County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 6, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and wounded

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Deputy Owens was shot and killed after breaking up a fight between two juveniles at a local school, while posted there to keep the peace during an election. As Deputy Owens' escorted one of the boys off of the premises the boy's father hit him over the head with an iron rod.

After falling to the ground, Deputy Owens drew his weapon and shot the suspect. Another man then grabbed the gun from Deputy Owens and fatally shot him.

Deputy Owens had served with the agency for 2 years. He was survived by his wife and seven children.

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My dear great great grandfather, I want to thank you so much for your heroic actions, and ultimately the greatest sacrifice of all, your untimely death. Though we have never met, I am very proud to have the same heroic blood run through my veins.

Julie J Back Speidel
July 25, 2017


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