Lieutenant Billy E. Cowart

Lieutenant Billy E. Cowart

Decatur Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, January 17, 1971

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Billy E. Cowart

Lieutenant Cowart was shot and killed during a traffic stop. During the stop he had requested backup and when other units arrived they found him in his patrol car suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. A suspect was arrested and sentenced to death but had the sentence commuted to life when the US Supreme Court found the death sentence to be unconstitutional and he was released after only ten years.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentence commuted to life

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Lt. Cowart,
On today, the 50th anniversary of of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Decatur. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 17, 2021

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