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Police Officer Derek Wayne Owens | Cleveland Police Department, Ohio Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

Police Officer

Derek Wayne Owens

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Saturday, March 1, 2008

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 746

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/29/2008

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Derek Owens was shot and killed as he and his partner chased four suspects in the city's southeast side.

The officer and his partner had observed the four men drinking beer in an abandoned lot and approached to speak to them. The men fled on foot as the officers pursued them.
One of the suspects produced a handgun and opened fire, striking Officer Owens once in the abdomen, below his vest.

Other officers transported Officer Owens to a local hospital in the back of a patrol car. He succumbed to his injuries shortly after midnight while undergoing surgery.

All four suspects were taken into custody following a house to house search in the area. In November 2008 one of the suspects was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole.

Officer Owens had served with the Cleveland Police Department for 10 years and was assigned to the 4th District. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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Officer Owens,

Today at the Fourth District I read the brief description posted on this page of your end of watch aloud at roll call for B platoon. I never knew you. Every day I walk by your locker and tap on it on the way to get ready for my shift just to acknowledge your presence. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Your brothers and sisters at the fourth district will never forget you, your family or your sacrifice.

Sgt Stephen Beckner #9180
Cleveland Division of Police
May 15, 2016


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