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Patrolman Ernest E. Bowman | Macomb Police Department, Illinois Macomb Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman

Ernest E. Bowman

Macomb Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Sunday, November 30, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/29/1930

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Ernest Bowman, Patrolman Edward Whittlesey and Patrolman Albert Links were shot and killed by a suspect who was being taken into custody.

The three officers had just pulled up to the police department when the man pulled out a nine-shot, .32-caliber pistol and opened fire, striking all three officers multiple times. He then exchanged shots with a fourth officer who came out of the department. The man fled in the police car with Patrolman Bowman still in the back seat. Although he was mortally wounded, he was able to draw his service weapon and shoot the suspect five times, killing him.

Patrolman Bowman died the following day from his injuries and Patrolman Links died two days later from his injuries.

Patrolman Bowman had served with the Macomb Police Department for one year. He was survived by his expectant wife and four children.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Patrolman J. Edward Whittlesey
Macomb Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Saturday, November 29, 1930
Cause: Gunfire

Patrolman Albert Links
Macomb Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Monday, December 1, 1930
Cause: Gunfire

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Officer Bowman's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 3-2-17 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
RPPD (IL)
March 2, 2017

 

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