Patrolman James Owens, Jr.

Patrolman James Owens, Jr.

Charleston County Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, May 11, 1968

James Owens, Jr.

Patrolman James Owens was shot and killed while transporting a prisoner he had just arrested.

He had responded to an accident and had transported an injured woman and her boyfriend to the hospital. While at the hospital the boyfriend became disorderly and Patrolman Owens arrested him. As he took the man to jail the man produced a .22 caliber handgun and shot Patrolman Owens in the neck four times.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death September 18th, 1968. His sentence was later commuted to life. He died in prison in May of 2010.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Died in prison

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Patrolman Owens,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Charleston County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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May 11, 2018

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