Patrolman Curtis D. Sowers

Patrolman Curtis D. Sowers

North York Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, May 21, 1929

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Curtis D. Sowers

Patrolman Curtis Sowers was shot and killed as he and other area law enforcement officers attempted to arrest a man wanted for stealing two calves.

An arrest warrant had been issued for the man 6 months earlier, but the man fled to Virginia to avoid being arrested. The suspect eventually returned to York County and threatened to kill anyone who attempted to arrest him.

A local constable received information that the man was at his father's home. When the officers arrived, Patrolman Sowers covered the back door as the other officers went to the front door. When they knocked on the door, the man attempted to flee out the back but was confronted by Patrolman Sowers. The man opened fire with a shotgun, striking Patrolman Sowers in the face and killing him instantly.

The subject escaped but was arrested five days later when he returned to the house in an attempt to get food. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life at hard labor.

Patrolman Sowers was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI. He had served with the North York Police Department for just under two years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

larceny, warrant service

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Patrolman Sowers,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during WW I.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

May 21, 2019

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