Patrolman Gwendolyn Ann Downs

Patrolman Gwendolyn Ann Downs

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, May 16, 1977

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Gwendolyn Ann Downs

Patrolman Gwen Downs was shot and killed after she and her partner responded to a call at a parking lot of a fast food restaurant at 700 West Broadway.

After the officers had waited several minutes and were unable to find anyone who had called the police, Patrolman Down's estranged husband pulled into the lot. As she approached him he pulled out a gun and shot her before committing suicide.

Patrolman Downs served with the Louisville Police Department for four years and is survived by her two daughters.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Rest in peace Patrolwoman Downs. Exactly two years to the day that Metro-Dade Officer William Coleman Cook was killed in the line of duty. So sad and tragic your estranged husband started a hornet's nest of trouble.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 24, 2022

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