Sergeant Donald Jack Sowma, Sr.

Sergeant Donald Jack Sowma, Sr.

Cypress Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, November 19, 1976

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Donald Jack Sowma, Sr.

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 on November 10, 2022. His next parole hearing is in October of 2024.

Sergeant Sowma had served with the Cypress Police Department for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

In his memory, a street near the Cypress Civic Center is named Sowma Way.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

robbery in progress

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I was thinking of you today Dad, as I do on most days. I love you to this day as much as any son can love his dad. I miss you more than anyone will ever know. We have your back always and have kept your killer in prison. He has come up for parole 13 times and has been denied every time. Your family will fight this till the day he dies . Love your son

Donald Jack Sowma Jr
Second and middle son

December 10, 2021

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