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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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Hello my spiritual and maternal brother. I want you to know that the impact and influence you've had on my life is immeasurable. I've recently become a friend to Sissy Copelin Bentley. I'm very much impressed with your ability to recognize quality people and I'm gonna try to somewhat bridge the gap between you and she! Thank you for befriending her when you did because I see your amazing influence on her life...and because of you I'm particularly blessed to be able to call her "friend". All of us who love you really miss you but because of Sissy your still positively impacting individuals who weren't fortunate enough to know you back when. I love you my brother and one of my life partners. I feel your presence quite often...so thank you for your service and your ultimate sacrifice.

Gary Bowlin
2 year older brother; former Army Sergeant; retired postmaster
September 26, 2017


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