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Sergeant James Joshua Cowart | Des Moines Police Department, Iowa Des Moines Police Department, Iowa


James Joshua Cowart

Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch: Monday, December 7, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 96

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/6/1931

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Accidentally killed himself

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Sergeant James Cowart was shot and killed by a former deputy sheriff he had arrested five years earlier.

He was at home when the subject knocked on his door. When he answered it the subject, standing in the yard, fired a single shot through the glass-enclosed porch, striking Sergeant Cowart in the stomach.

Arriving officers found the subject fatally wounded after his shotgun accidentally discharged as he attempted to dismantle it.

Sergeant Cowart had served with the Des Moines Police Department for nine years.

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

Officer 11169
May 26, 2013


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