Deputy Sheriff John Luff Owens

Deputy Sheriff John Luff Owens

Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, March 13, 1921

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John Luff Owens

Deputy Sheriff John Owens was shot and killed as he and his driver responded to a call regarding a man armed with a pistol.

Deputy Owens confronted the man in Dogtown and attempted to place him under arrest. As he did so, the suspect fired, striking Deputy Owens and killing him instantly. Deputy Owen's driver then shot and killed the suspect.

Deputy Owens was survived by his wife and six children. He was buried in the New Bethel Baptist Cemetery (now the Dogtown Cemetery) in Dogtown.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Shot and Killed

weapons violation

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Deputy Sheriff Owens,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Gadsen County.


United States Border Patrol

March 13, 2021

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