Deputy Sheriff William Douglas Bowman

Deputy Sheriff William Douglas Bowman

Clackamas County Sheriff's Department, Oregon

End of Watch Tuesday, September 12, 2000

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William Douglas Bowman

Deputy Sheriff William Bowman was shot and killed during a SWAT training exercise in which he was participating with other members of his agency's SWAT team at Camp Rilea, Oregon.

Deputy Bowman, along with 10 other officers, were training in a mock building when a live round fired from another officer's weapon and struck him in the head. The live round had inadvertently been loaded into the weapon during the training.

Deputy Bowman had served with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Department for six years and had served on the SWAT team for two years. He is survived by his wife and two children, ages three years and three months.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

swat, training

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Still wish you were here to make us all listen to disco music, put on a fireworks show on the 4th of July, celebrate your birthday at The Old Spaghetti Factory and double date to Christmas concerts at The Old Church. Life will never be the same without you in this world and every year the painful memories of this day come back for reflection. It will never get easier for those of us lucky enough to know you.

Christina Warren

September 12, 2019

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