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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Bill, you and I had the craziest calls together. I still remember many of them. And of course every one of those patients had to go to Emanuel Hospital so you could see Corrie. I still remember that call on a guy who fell down. We ended up finding out he had no legs and his artificial legs had collapsed under him. We put him on the bus and on his way. As we were getting ready to clear to call somebody else flag this down. We ran over there and here was another guy with no legs, plus he had no arms. I remember looking at you and saying, is this some kind of cruel joke, you couldn’t stop laughing. And of course we went to Emanuel. We had some other pretty crazy calls together. I am retired now, and you would be also. Looking at your face on this website made me cry. I always hope your wife and kids are doing well. Your daughter posted on this website and I’m here to tell her that you were a good man. The the world is a lesser place without you in it.

Chuck Coleman, paramedic

January 26, 2022

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