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Patrolman Salavia C. Wheeling Police Department, West Virginia


Salavia C. "Lafe" Bowen

Wheeling Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch: Friday, December 26, 1902

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/24/1902

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 3 years

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Patrolman Lafe Bowen succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two days earlier when he was shot while attempting to arrest a suspect. The man fled to Ohio after the murder where he was arrested after a shootout with Bridgeport, Ohio, officers. He was returned to West Virginia and charged with Patrolman Bowen's murder.

The suspect was found guilty of Patrolman Bowen's murder but was only sentenced to 3 years, which he served at the Moundsville Penitentiary. On January 11, 1908, he was shot and killed by a 14 year-old boy when he attempted to burglarize the boys home in Alverton, Pennsylvania.

Patrolman Bowen was survived by his wife and infant child.

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That was my great great grandfather
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