Patrolman Marshall Jefferson Sowders, Jr.

Patrolman Marshall Jefferson Sowders, Jr.

Longview Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, November 22, 1977

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Marshall Jefferson Sowders, Jr.

Patrolman Marshall Sowders was shot and killed when he made a traffic stop of two robbery suspects, a man and a woman while en route to an armed robbery call. The call was the second such call in less than one hour. During his response he noticed a suspicious vehicle, turned his cruiser around, and stopped the vehicle. As Patrolman Sowders approached the vehicle the male driver suddenly exited and opened fire with a .357 caliber handgun, striking him four times. Both suspects were captured in nearby Gilmer after a shootout with police in which the woman was critically wounded. The man was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death. On April 10, 1991, his sentence was commuted to life.

Patrolman Sowders had served with the agency for three months and had previously served with another agency. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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RIP Butch. Like Ross McCammon, you were my first LODD funeral as a Rookie. I enjoyed hearing the old heads at HCSO talk about your career. Robin grew up with the Christmann sisters, one being my wife.

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