Deputy Sheriff Henry Adams Owens

Deputy Sheriff Henry Adams Owens

Bell County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, May 6, 1933

Add to My Heroes

Henry Adams Owens

Deputy Sheriff Henry Owens was shot and killed at a church revival at Edgewood, Kentucky, by a 21-year- old man after he lit a cigarette and he told him that smoking was not allowed in church.

The subject told Deputy Owens he could not tell him what to do. As Deputy Owens reached out to take hold of him the man opened fire with a .45 caliber handgun. Deputy Owens was shot twice in the chest and killed.

The subject fled into the mountains after shooting Deputy Owens. It is not known if he was ever apprehended

Deputy Owens had served with the Bell County Sheriff's Office for several years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, two brothers, and his half-sister.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Not available


Most Recent Reflection

View all 1 Reflections

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 22, 2020

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.