Patrolman John Stowe

Patrolman John Stowe

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, December 2, 1936

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John Stowe

Patrolman John Stowe was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a man with a gun. He was off duty in a bar when the bartender recognized him as an officer and informed him that another patron had a gun. When Patrolman Stowe attempted to arrest the man he was shot and killed.

On February 27, 1937, the 19-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death but a year later his sentence commuted to life. He was paroled on September 22, 1953.

Patrolman Stowe had served with the San Antonio Police Department for 26 years.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 26 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1953

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Any family of Fallen Officer John Stowe contact the San Antonio Police Department Family Assistance Team. 210-207-5181

Sergeant Andrea Hobrecht
San Antonio Police Department

October 25, 2018

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