Deputy Sheriff Lawrence George Gowens

Deputy Sheriff Lawrence George Gowens

Alamance County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, July 31, 1936

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Lawrence George Gowens

Deputy Sheriff Lawrence Gowens was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance two doors away from the jail.

Deputy Gowens, who also served as the county jailer, heard a woman's screams when her husband shot her in the arm. He ran to the home and confronted the suspect, who shot him with a shotgun. Deputy Gowens was taken to Rainey Hospital where he died 90 minutes later.

The subject was convicted of Deputy Gowens' murder and sent to prison. He was later released and has since died.

Deputy Gowens was survived by his wife, two sons, and three daughters.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Deceased


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WFMY News July 31, 2019

83 Years After He Died in the Line of Duty: Officers Still Honor Deputy Killed During Domestic Dispute Call
Deputy Gowens was killed Friday, July 31, 1936, after responding to a domestic dispute.

GRAHAM, N.C. — A Memorial Service was held for Alamance County Deputy Sheriff Lawrence George Gowens on Wednesday. Deputy Gowens was killed 83 years ago, on Friday, July 31, 1936. Gowens was responding to a domestic dispute in Graham, where Robert S. Campbell had just shot his wife.

Deputy Gowens tried to arrest Campbell when Campbell fired a single shot from his shotgun, striking Deputy Gowens, who died shortly after the shooting.

The service was held at the Historic Providence Church Cemetery in Graham and conducted by the Alamance County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

Retired Police Officer

July 31, 2019

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