Sergeant James Joshua Cowart

Sergeant James Joshua Cowart

Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Monday, December 7, 1931

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James Joshua Cowart

Sergeant James Cowart was shot and killed by a former deputy sheriff he had arrested five years earlier.

He was at home when the subject knocked on his door. When he answered it the subject, standing in the yard, fired a single shot through the glass-enclosed porch, striking Sergeant Cowart in the stomach.

Arriving officers found the subject fatally wounded after his shotgun accidentally discharged as he attempted to dismantle it.

Sergeant Cowart had served with the Des Moines Police Department for nine years.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 96

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, December 6, 1931
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Accidentally killed himself

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Rest in Peace, Sergeant Cowart. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

May 26, 2013

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