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Patrolman J. Coleman Dawson | Owensboro Police Department, Kentucky Owensboro Police Department, Kentucky


J. Coleman Dawson

Owensboro Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Saturday, June 1, 1912

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 15 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Indiana

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Escaped

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Patrolman Coleman Dawson was shot and killed and another officer was shot and wounded while attempting to arrest a suspected horse thief just across the state line near Rockport in Spencer County, Indiana.

The suspect had brought a horse, stolen in Indiana, to Owensboro and sold it, investing part of the proceeds in two revolvers. Upon his return to Indiana, the Spencer County sheriff called for assistance from officers in Owensboro. Shortly before 9:00 pm, the sheriff heard several shots and soon thereafter found the body of Patrolman Dawson and his wounded partner on a country road nearby.

Despite initially eluding a posse organized by the sheriff, the suspect was captured two weeks later at a rooming house in St. Louis, Missouri, and returned to Indiana. Authorities had learned of the suspect's location from a letter he sent which was intended for his girlfriend. The letter also revealed his real identity, an Indiana parolee with a lengthy criminal record. On November 5, 1912, he escaped along with three other male prisoners from the Vanderburgh County Jail in Evansville, Indiana.

Patrolman Dawson had served with the Owensboro Police Department for 15 years.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

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June 1, 2015


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