Deputy Sheriff Josh Owen

Deputy Sheriff Josh Owen

Pope County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota

End of Watch Saturday, April 15, 2023

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Josh Owen

Deputy Sheriff Josh Owen was shot and killed while he and another deputy attempted to arrest a man for domestic violence in the 400 block of Stromen Street in Cyrus at about 7:30 pm.

Deputies, as well as police officers from the Glenwood Police Department and Starbuck Police Department, had been dispatched to the house for reports of a domestic violence incident. The officers were attempting to place the man into custody when he opened fire on them. Deputy Owen and the subject were both fatally wounded. The other deputy and the Starbuck officer were injured.

The incident occurred on Deputy Owen's 44th birthday.

Deputy Owen was a Minnesota National Guard Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and had served with the Pope County Sheriff's Office for almost 12 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and parents. His father is a retired law enforcement officer.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 603
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed



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I want to take this moment to thank you for your honorable service and sacrifice, sir. In your line of work, it is always dangerous and without people like you, our world would not be safe. It is truly heartbreaking that you had to leave your community, and above all, your family behind. Please know that your presence and actions have truly made a difference in the community and that your courage and sacrifice will not have been in vain. Moreover, I know that you have set a great example for your son and for others. Having served your community for 11+ years, we all thank you for your service and will continue to honor you. You will forever be a beloved officer, husband, father, and hero. I extend my deepest apologies and condolences to your family and friends, may god help them through this rough time.

Cadet Lesly Morales
Escondido Police Department

June 6, 2023

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