Police Officer Derek Wayne Owens

Police Officer Derek Wayne Owens

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, March 1, 2008

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Derek Wayne Owens

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.

Bio

  • Age 36
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 746

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, February 29, 2008
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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A perfect example of the inherent dangers police face on what many times is a seemingly "routine" or minor call. Officer Owens, thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your LE brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 22, 2020

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