Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 10 years
Badge # 0141
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Offender: Sentenced to life
Deputy Howell was shot and killed following a high speed pursuit of five suspects wanted for robbing a convenience store. The chase ended when the suspect vehicle crashed into a parked bus. As Deputy Howell exited his patrol car he was shot by a round one time above his vest. Other officers arriving on the scene arrested all five suspects.
In exchange for their testimony, the two youngest suspects, both 17, pleaded no contest to second degree murder and were sentenced to 12 years in prison. Two others were convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life. One was denied parole in 2008 but has another parole hearing in June of 2013. The fifth suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life.
Deputy Howell had been with the agency for ten years and was survived by his wife and four children.