Deputy Sheriff Lawrence George Gowens

Deputy Sheriff Lawrence George Gowens

Alamance County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, July 31, 1936

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Lawrence George Gowens

Deputy Sheriff Lawrence Gowens was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance two doors away from the jail.

Deputy Gowens, who also served as the county jailer, heard a woman's screams when her husband shot her in the arm. He ran to the home and confronted the suspect, who shot him with a shotgun. Deputy Gowens was taken to Rainey Hospital where he died 90 minutes later.

The subject was convicted of Deputy Gowens' murder and sent to prison. He was later released and has since died.

Deputy Gowens was survived by his wife, two sons, and three daughters.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Deceased


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I am Deputy Lawrence Gowens granddaughter. I would like the record to show that Deputy Gowens was survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters. Although his grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren never met him, many of us attend the service each year on his date of end of service. We appreciate the Alamance County Sheriff’s Department for performing this memorial service.

Ruth Gentry

June 27, 2018

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