Corporal Timothy Joseph Bowe

Corporal Timothy Joseph Bowe

Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota

End of Watch Saturday, June 7, 1997

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Timothy Joseph Bowe

Corporal Bowe was shot and killed early in the morning while assisting county deputies respond to a shooting call. He and three deputies parked their cruisers and walked approximately 3/4 of a mile into the secluded house where they spotted a car with the suspect lying across the front seats with his feet hanging out. As they were approaching the vehicle the suspect sat up and began firing, striking Corporal Bowe in the chin from about 35 yards away. He died at about 0200 hours, approximately one hour after the shooting. The three other deputies with him returned fire. An autopsy revealed that the man took his own life.
Corporal Bowe had been with the agency for 15 years and was survived by his wife, 6 year old daughter, and 9-month-old son.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 489

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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I am looking at my Minnesota State Patrol Special Response Team (SRT) challenge coin. On its face there are four SRT cats in full battle gear about to bust down the door of a house to make entry. If you look real close you can read the address above the door of this house. It is 489. This is in honor of Tim whose badge number is forever SP489. Tim and I were littermates in the Rookie School of 1982. We were among the founding members of SRT. I will not forget the phone call I got in the middle of the night informing me Tim was gone. It made my heart sick. It does so as I hold this coin. God Bless you Tim.

Sgt. Jimmy Nielsen SP212 (Ret)
Minnesota State Patrol

February 6, 2021

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