Chief of Police Bobby Gene Powell

Chief of Police Bobby Gene Powell

Swainsboro Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, June 12, 1980

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Bobby Gene Powell

Chief of Police Bobby Powell was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call.

As the male subject was being arrested, he suddenly spun around and shot the chief twice with a weapon he had managed to conceal. Despite being mortally wounded, Chief Powell was able to crawl back to his patrol car and call for assistance. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Chief Powell had served with the Swainsboro Police Department for 8 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 1

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available


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RIP Chief Powell. You are not forgotten by the men and women of law enforcement.

Sgt. Michael Kane
Lasell University Police, Newton MA

December 18, 2023

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