Sergeant Albert William Bowe

Sergeant Albert William Bowe

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch Thursday, November 15, 1945

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Albert William Bowe

Sergeant Bowe was shot and killed by armed robbery suspects after he stopped their car on Northeast Sandy Boulevard near 72nd Avenue.

Sergeant Bowe had attempted to stop a stolen vehicle from an armed tavern robbery the previous evening in Troutdale. After a pursuit, he stopped the vehicle at 7421 NE Sandy Boulevard. As he approached the vehicle, the driver fired six times while exiting the vehicle hitting him twice. In the hail of gunfire Sergeant Bowe was able to shoot his assailant in the groin and shoot several times into the vehicle before falling to the pavement. Two Deputy Sheriff's were on-scene almost immediately, as they had seen the pursuit, they took the gunman and two other suspects from the robbery into custody. Two of the suspects were also wanted for other hold ups in Oregon and California. In one of the hold ups a California police officer's gun was taken and that is the gun that was used to shoot Sergeant Bowe. The gunman was found guilty of second degree murder.

Sergeant Bowe was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Convicted of second degree murder

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September 2017 - It has been 72 years since you were killed.I remember that night all the time. A patrol car came to the house and took Mom to identify you. I went with them. I remember it was raining and the building we went to was scary looking and made me cry. I was going to be five years old in a few weeks.

A woman who worked at the morgue attended to me while my mother walked down the hall. Mother had taps on her shoes and I could hear the echo of her taps as she walked down the hall.

The gunman who shot you was killed in prison by a fellow prisoner years later. In my opinion that is poetic justice at its best.

You are at peace with God now.

Alan Bowe

Alan Bowe

September 11, 2017

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