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Sergeant Wallace Johnson Mowbray | Maryland State Police, Maryland Maryland State Police, Maryland

Sergeant

Wallace Johnson Mowbray

Maryland State Police, Maryland

End of Watch: Sunday, August 10, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 14 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Four convicted of murder

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Sergeant Wallace Mowbray was shot and killed during a traffic stop near Chester, Maryland. He was checking a license plate over the radio when he was struck by a shotgun blast. The license plates turned out to be stolen and two of the four occupants had warrants out for their arrest.

All four suspects fled from the scene. Two suspects, who were later convicted of doing the shooting, kidnapped a couple in Chester, took their car, and raped the woman. They were captured several hours later. The other two suspects stole a boat and headed toward the Western Shore. They were captured two days later.

All four suspects were convicted of Sergeant Mowbray's murder. One of the suspects convicted of doing the shooting was sentenced to life plus 95 years for rape, kidnapping, and other crimes committed before and after Sergeant Mowbray's murder. In 1982 he escaped from prison and was placed on the FBI's 10 most wanted list. He was captured 14 months later. In 1991 he won a new trial which resulted in less serious convictions and a 27 year sentence. He was paroled in 1993. Four months later he was sent back to prison for four years when he violated his parole with a disorderly conduct charge. In 1999 he was sent back to prison again when he took money from a charity jar in a Glen Burnie, Maryland, cafe. On December 1, 2003, he was arrested and charged with robbing a Glen Burnie bank. He was convicted of armed robbery and sentenced to 20 years June 18, 2004.

The other suspect convicted of the shooting was sentenced to life in prison.

The third suspect was sentenced to 55 years and the fourth suspect was sentenced to 20 years.

Sergeant Mowbray had been a member of the Maryland State Police for almost 14 years.

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I was ten years old when you were killed living in Romancoke where I grew up. I remember you from church along with the other officers that attended KIUMC, Officers, Murphy, and Parkerson. I remember that Sunday vividly with police officers all over the Island and the blockades up on the bridges and news that they had stolen a boat. I felt remorse for Ryan who I knew a little (he was a couple of years older).
Those men were evil and you stood between them and a ten year old boy living an idyllic childhood on the Eastern Shore and I will ever be grateful for your sacrifice and that of your family. It is a debt I can never really repay but I have endeavored to try.

+ God rest your soul and may light perpetual shine upon the faithful departed.

David E. Hodil, Capt. USMC (inactive)
A grateful 10 year old boy
October 2, 2015

 

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