Special Agent Kersey E. Gowin

Special Agent Kersey E. Gowin

North Dakota Attorney General's Office, North Dakota

End of Watch Sunday, April 28, 1918

Kersey E. Gowin

Special Agent Kersey Gowin was shot and killed while he and Officer Patrick Devaney, of the Minot Police Department, were attempting to arrest several thieves. The officers were laying in wait in a field for the automobile tire thieves when they were shot.

Officer Devaney was killed instantly; Agent Gowin was taken to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his wounds early the next morning.

Five men were arrested, however, one confessed to the shooting and was convicted of murder. He served two years in prison before escaping and was considered at large.

Agent Gowin had served with the agency for 1 year, and had previously served with the United States Army in the Spanish American War and the Philippine Insurrection. He was survived by his wife and two sons, father, and three brothers; he is buried in Bethany Lutheran Cemetery, Minot, Ward County, North Dakota.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, April 27, 1918
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Convicted of murder

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Dear great uncle, I did not know you but I know of you. Your bravery and dedication is something I have heard about for my entire life. I want to take this opportunity to say how proud I am to be related to you. Thank you with all my heart.

Kathleen Green
Great niece

August 31, 2015

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