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Officer William Lee Bowlin | Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee


William Lee Bowlin

Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 4, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Officer Bowlin was shot and killed when he was ambushed at the scene of a domestic dispute call. He and two other officers had responded to the call and attempted to make contact with the residents of the home. After not receiving a response at the door the other two officers walked around back and Officer Bowling began to return to his cruiser. As he walked towards the car he was shot in the head by a suspect who was hiding in nearby bushes.
Officer Bowlin had been with the agency for just under five years.

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Been thinking about you a lot lately with a the attacks and senseless cop murders happening everywhere. I think about the circumstances in which you were murdered at such a young age. You had your whole life taken from you, but your murderer, now in his 80's, is still alive and well, living a long full life after only serving only 7 years for taking yours.

In the past 2 weeks I've had to literally talk myself out of posting about your killer...why post it? What good would it do? Just create more hate, so all I can think about is the love and friendship you offered to everyone no matter what race, or religion they were, Thank you for that, thank you for sacrificing your life for your community and thank you for being such an inspiration to me.

Almost 34 years later and I still run to friends who knew you so well and we begin to swap "Bill shenanigan" stories, and it always brings such happy memories and lots of laughter. You will never be forgotten Bill

You are thought of daily, missed terribly, and loved very much...Sleep with the Angels

Sissy Copelin
July 18, 2016


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