Police Officer Thomas M. Bowen

Police Officer Thomas M. Bowen

Columbus Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, March 11, 1984

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Thomas M. Bowen

Police Officer Thomas Bowen was shot and killed after responding to a burglary call.

During the call he became involved in a pursuit with the suspect who eventually crashed. Officer Bowen radioed to dispatchers that he was going to check the vehicle for injuries. When backup officers arrived at the scene they discovered Officer Bowen suffering from two .22 caliber gunshot wounds to the forehead.

The suspect was apprehended a short time later and subsequently sentenced to life. He was denied parole in 2014.


  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Thomas was just like a brother to me in High School. Dad and I ran a car lot in Columbus and Tom would stop bye to see us. He and I talked about joining together. I feel bad that I didn't, I often think if I had been there, Lonnie Botts would not be in prison. God rest your soul pal. Danny Williams Baker High School BHS 75.

Retired State Security Officer
State Of Alabama

April 7, 2016

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