Officer Maurice W. "Buck" Owen

Officer Maurice W. "Buck" Owen

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Sunday, September 22, 1940

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Maurice W. "Buck" Owen

Officer Buck Owen succumbed to injuries sustained in two separate incidents while on duty.

In the first incident, his police motorcycle collided with a vehicle that turned in front of him. He was thrown 20 feet over the hood of the car and suffered internal injuries. Despite being injured, he wrote the driver a reckless driving ticket and continued his shift.

One month later, he was injured in another motorcycle accident while on duty. He again returned to work but started suffering serious internal pain several weeks later and was checked into a hospital. He died from a blood clot a short time later.

Officer Owen had served with the California Highway Patrol for 11 years. He was survived by his wife, two children, and a sister. His father had also served in law enforcement.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash
  • Incident Date Sunday, May 26, 1940

routine driving, vehicle crash

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Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 22, 2020

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