Deputy Sheriff Martin S. Sowders

Deputy Sheriff Martin S. Sowders

Clark County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch Friday, November 19, 1976

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Martin S. Sowders

Deputy Martin Sowders was accidentally shot and killed by another deputy during a shootout with a suspect wanted for robbing a pharmacy. During the arrest, the man opened fire on the deputies. Deputy Sowders was struck by return fire from one of the other deputies. The suspect was later identified as an escaped convict from the Washington State Penitentiary.

Deputy Sowders had served seven years with the Clark County Sheriff's Office. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

crossfire, escapee, friendly fire, robbery

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RIP Deputy Sowders as you will always be remembered for your service; thank you.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police - Troop D

February 1, 2022

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