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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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in 1975-1976 i attended centralia college with john. 1976-1977 i was a reserve deputy with thurston county sherrifs office and would frequently get off swing shift and ride with him till the bars closed. i went to montesano police department and finally got my opportunity to attend the police academy along with warren castor from tenino, dennis mcwhinney from bucoda, billy walker from thurston and bjorn bjornstad from olympia. ill be 63 next month and the trajedy of january 18 1978 will never ever leave my mind. john wasnt just a fellow peace officer but he was also a fellow veteran. memorial day i visited my fathers grave by the howitzer at mills and mills in tumwater....but also my buddy john 4 graves apart. i often tell folks that john is there as a retired nco to protect my fathers backside as a retired major.

william richmond jr ex law enforcement a
thurston county sheriffs department
June 5, 2016

 

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