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Night Captain Charles W. Bowman | Muskogee Police Department, Oklahoma Muskogee Police Department, Oklahoma

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Charles W. Bowman

Muskogee Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Sunday, June 5, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 16 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Arrested

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Captain Charles Bowman was shot and killed with his own service weapon while struggling with an intoxicated subject. He and the police chief were patrolling the city when they spotted a suspicious vehicle parked next to a filling station.

They discovered two intoxicated men sleeping in the vehicle. When the men were woken up they immediately began struggling with the two officers. At some point during the struggle Captain Bowman drew his service weapon and it was grabbed by the suspect. As the two struggled for the weapon it discharged, striking Captain Bowman in the leg. The round severed an artery, causing him to bleed to death in a matter of moments.

The police chief called for an ambulance and then took both men into custody.

Captain Bowman had served with the Muskogee Police Department for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 85th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
June 5, 2012


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