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Patrolman John H. Dowies | Tenino Police Department, Washington Tenino Police Department, Washington

Patrolman

John H. Dowies

Tenino Police Department, Washington

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 18, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman Dowies was shot and killed with his own service weapon after locating a man wanted in an earlier disturbance. Patrolman Dowies was assisting another agency and knew the suspect. He located the man at his home and went to talk to him. A struggle ensued the suspect gained control of Patrolman Dowies' service weapon and shot him.

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Although I never met you, I had heard good things about you. A fellow Tenino Officer who came years after you had passed had accepted a job with Everett PD. His step dad and I worked at a department together and encouraged him. He was also killed in the line of duty. Of course it broke our hearts. The blue line holds though sir, the blue line holds.

Captain Mike McAllister
January 18, 2017

 

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