Sergeant Donald Jack Sowma

Sergeant Donald Jack Sowma

Cypress Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, November 19, 1976

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Donald Jack Sowma

Sergeant Donald Sowma was shot and killed after he and other officers responded to a silent burglar alarm.

While he was searching the premises he was shot by a suspect. The suspect surrendered to a SWAT team six hours later.

The 32-year-old suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on July 7, 1977. He was denied parole for the third time on September 22, 2016. He will be eligible for parole again in 2021.

Sergeant Sowma is survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Sergeant Sowma, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 26, 2020

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