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 in Graham.

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.


  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Deceased


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This was my grandfather. He is still remembered every year on his End of Watch date by the Alamance County Sheriffs Department and we are thankful for that. My grandmother never received any compensation for his death because of his dual role of jailkeeper. She took over his position until his term ended.

Ruth Gentry

May 17, 2023

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