Special Agent Kersey E. Gowin

Special Agent Kersey E. Gowin

North Dakota Attorney General's Office, North Dakota

End of Watch Saturday, April 27, 1918

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Kersey E. Gowin

Special Agent Kersey Gowin was shot and killed while he and Officer Patrick Devaney, of the Minot Police Department, were attempting to arrest several thieves. The officers were laying in wait in a field for the automobile tire thieves when they were shot.

Officer Devaney was killed instantly; Agent Gowin was taken to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his wounds early the next morning.

Five men were arrested, however, one confessed to the shooting and was convicted of murder. He served two years in prison before escaping and was considered at large.

Agent Gowin had served with the agency for one year. He was a veteran of the United States Army in the Spanish American War and the Philippine Insurrection. He was survived by his wife and two sons, father, and three brothers. He is buried in Bethany Lutheran Cemetery, Minot, Ward County, North Dakota.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, April 26, 1918
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Convicted of murder

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Agent Gowin,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 28, 2018

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