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Lieutenant Billy E. Cowart | Decatur Police Department, Georgia Decatur Police Department, Georgia

Lieutenant

Billy E. Cowart

Decatur Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Sunday, January 17, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentence commuted to life

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Lieutenant Cowart was shot and killed during a traffic stop. During the stop he had requested backup and when other units arrived they found him in his patrol car suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. A suspect was arrested and sentenced to death but had the sentence commuted to life when the US Supreme Court found the death sentence to be unconstitutional and he was released after only ten years.

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Rest in Peace, Lieutenant Cowart. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
March 25, 2012

 

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