Deputy Sheriff Henry C. Owen

Deputy Sheriff Henry C. Owen

Rowan County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Wednesday, February 20, 1895

Henry C. Owen

Deputy Henry Owen was shot and killed near Cleveland by a man he was attempting to arrest for disturbing the peace. When the suspect was captured a short time later it was discovered that he was wanted for shooting and wounding another Rowan County deputy in 1891.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and hanged on July 25, 1895. This was the last public hanging in Rowan County. More than 15,000 people attended.

Deputy Owen was survived by his wife. He was a Civil War Veteran, having served with the North Carolina 6th Regiment, Company G, until he was captured at Rappahannock Station, Virginia, in November of 1863.


  • Age 54
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Executed in 1895

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the one hundred and fourteenth anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to the native state of myself and my son Larry. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer. Like you, his ancestors also served in North Carolina regiments in the Civil War.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 20, 2009

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