Deputy Sheriff Samuel D. Gowland

Deputy Sheriff Samuel D. Gowland

St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Tuesday, November 16, 1926

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Samuel D. Gowland

Deputy Samuel Gowland was shot and killed as he and other deputies attempted to protect leased trapping lands on Delacroix Island.

Several groups of trappers were feuding and the deputies were attempting to keep the peace in the area. As the deputies passed a group of trappers they were fired upon. Deputy Gowland was fatally shot and 10 others were wounded in the shootout.

Three men were later arrested and charged with Deputy Gowland's murder.

Deputy Gowland was survived by his wife.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 85th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. 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. It is unfortunate that corruption was at the root cause of your death.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 16, 2011

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