Patrolman James Owens, Jr.

Patrolman James Owens, Jr.

Charleston County Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, May 11, 1968

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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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I am the granddaughter of Patrolman James Owens Jr. I am currently working on a family tree and attempting to piece together my family history. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to meet my grandfather, but I've heard from those that spoke at the Charleston Memorial Service that he was a good man and officer. If you have an information or stories to share reach out to me at [email protected]

Tyreka Owens

August 18, 2019

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