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Deputy Sheriff Len J. Rowell | Pearl River County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi Pearl River County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

Deputy Sheriff

Len J. Rowell

Pearl River County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 28, 1994

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Committed suicide

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Deputy Sheriff Len Rowell was shot and killed by the suspect who had shot and killed Greenville, Alabama, Officer Gary Heath on June 14, 1994.

Deputy Rowell had pulled the suspect over at 3:45 am and called in the tag number. Dispatchers came back with nothing on the tag number. As he approached the car, the suspect exited the vehicle shooting. Deputy Rowell was struck six times in the vest and once in the shoulder as he reached for his weapon. He fell to the ground unconscious and was then shot twice in the face.

After the suspect murdered Deputy Rowell he was stopped by Lieutenant Coy Smith, of the Alabama Public Safety Commission. As he sat in his patrol car calling in the tag number the suspect shot him in the head, killing him.

The suspect committed suicide after being surrounded by federal agents later in the day.

Deputy Rowell had served with the Pearl River County Sheriff's Department for eighteen months. He had also served as a US Marine in Operation Desert Storm. He was survived by his wife.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Officer Gary Wayne Heath
Greenville Police Department, Alabama
End of Watch: Tuesday, June 14, 1994
Cause: Gunfire

Lieutenant Coy N. Smith
Alabama Public Service Commission, Alabama
End of Watch: Tuesday, June 28, 1994
Cause: Gunfire

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Deputy Rowell your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to Pearl River County and the citizens you were sworn to protect! Continue to rest in peace my fellow LE Brother!
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, TroopD
June 28, 2016


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