Deputy Sheriff John Hall Rowe, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff John Hall Rowe, Jr.

Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, April 17, 1986

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John Hall Rowe, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff John Rowe was killed when he was intentionally struck by a tractor-trailer on I-75 just north of the Florida state line.

Florida officers began chasing the semi-truck across after it failed to stop at a weigh station. The driver of the truck fired at pursuing inspectors from the Florida Department of Agriculture. The pursuit crossed the state line into Georgia where Deputy Rowe and other deputies were waiting to join the pursuit. The driver of the truck intentionally struck Deputy Rowe and his patrol car in the median of the highway.

The man was convicted of murder and sentenced to 60 years but was released on parole after serving only 11 years.

Deputy Rowe was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge F-23

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Commercial
  • Offender Released after 6 years

vehicle pursuit

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To my Wonderful Brother who was there for me good and bad times we shared so much together. It's been 30 years now and a day never goes by that I don't. Think about you. as I did follow in your foot steps I to give 20 years of being a deputy. Now I'm retired from's hard out there now our Society is gone from good to bad .I know you and mom and dad and Wanda are not hurting anymore .we love yall so much God bless for the time I had with each one of you.

Lieutenant Bryan Rowe
Brooks County Sheriff's Office

May 16, 2016

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