Police Officer James Arland Rowland, Jr.

Police Officer James Arland Rowland, Jr.

Palmer Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch Saturday, May 15, 1999

James Arland Rowland, Jr.

Police Officer James Rowland was shot and killed while checking on a person who was slumped over the wheel of a pickup truck.

During the check a struggle ensued and shots were fired. Officer Rowland was struck and fatally wounded, but was able to return fire and wound the suspect. A paramedic who was riding along with Officer Rowland witnessed the incident and called for assistance. Officer Rowland was the only officer on duty at the time of incident.

Officer Rowland had served with the Palmer Police Department for three years and had served as a canine handler in the United States Navy for 6 years. He is survived by his wife and 5-year-old son.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 9G-15
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and wounded; Arrested

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Nineteen years later, the tears yet flow at the memories on this day, May 15th. James Sr.'s birthday is the 14th. That's the last time we heard your voice. Years do not get easier because you're still gone. Only God gives us the strength to go on, and the hope God gives us that we shall meet again. Thanks to the Officers yet on the beat night and Day....Emergency workers who give aide and comfort to the injured and hurting, I was one, and that young man helped me get thru my pain by remembering our James with me. God, Please keep all wonderful service people Safe today.

Wanda Rowland
Fallen Officer's Mother

May 15, 2018

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