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Deputy Sheriff Frank Bowman | Bell County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky Bell County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff

Frank Bowman

Bell County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Saturday, August 6, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Paroled in 1940

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Deputy Frank Bowman was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two men for being drunk in public. Deputy Bowman had told the men to walk down the railroad tracks and leave the area.

One of the men then turned around and, with his hand in his pocket, approached Deputy Bowman. As Deputy Bowman reached for the man's hand the man opened fire. The two men started struggling and fell to the ground. Deputy Bowman stood and returned fire as the man ran away, but collapsed and died from his wounds.

The suspect was arrested, convicted of manslaughter, and sentenced to 10 years. He was paroled January 4, 1940. On August 25, 1947, he was found dead from a shotgun blast in the back on a road near Pineville.

Deputy Bowman was survived by his wife.

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To My Great Grandfather
I want to thank you for your dedication and service. I will do all I can to keep the memory of you alive in our family, and want you to know that you helped raise a family of loving people.
Tim Bowman
Lt Correctional Officer
Fayette Co Community Corrections.

Tim Bowman
Great Grandson
January 11, 2013


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