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Police Officer James N. Bowers | Columbus Police Department, Georgia Columbus Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer

James N. Bowers

Columbus Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 4, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Police Officer James Bowers was shot and killed after when he responded to a robbery-in-progress at Majik Market, a local convenience store.

The shooter and an accomplice were sentenced to life in prison.


The incident occurred minutes before the end of his last shift with the department. He had recently taken the Bar Exam but had not yet received the results, which arrived with a passing score after his death. He was posthumously recognized during the law school graduation ceremony.

Officer Bowers had served with the Columbus Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and son.

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I was a CI for Neal and Det. Cottner, when Neal worked in Narcotics Division (Codename Bill). I was a 17 Year Old punk in 1974 when Neal busted me with pot at the local Shoney's restaurant. Instead of ruining my life with a narcotics conviction, he allowed me to become a CI for him and Det. Cottner. You could not ask for a finer officer, or better person, than Neal.
I was in a state of shock when I heard about the senseless, coldblooded murder of Neal. I had talked to him about a week before, and he was telling me of his plans to take the bar. I know he would have been as great a lawyer as he was a police officer.
You have been greatly missed, my friend. Because you believed in me and gave me another chance I went on to become a mechanical engineer. I only wish that you had lived to realize your dream.

David ?
Confidential Informant (CI)
August 30, 2014

 

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