Investigator B. Cowart

Investigator B. Cowart

Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi

End of Watch Friday, August 6, 1965

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B. Cowart

Investigator B. Cowart suffered a fatal heart attack after being assaulted by a prisoner at the Clay County Jail.

He was assisting West Point police officers with a civil rights march of students at Mississippi State University and was searching a student who had been arrested for blocking a sidewalk. The student suddenly spun around, grabbed Investigator Cowart, and pushed him to the ground. Investigator Cowart suffered a heart attack and was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The student was charged with manslaughter but the charges were later dismissed.

Investigator Cowart had served with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety for 19 years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, and four siblings.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge B-13

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Charges dismissed

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Rest in peace always knowing that your memory, service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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