Patrolman Lowell D. Howard

Patrolman Lowell D. Howard

New Mexico State Police, New Mexico

End of Watch Monday, August 6, 1984

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Lowell D. Howard

Patrolman Lowell Howard and Patrolman David Smith were killed in an airplane accident while performing an aerial speed enforcement operation above Route 550 (modern-day Route 516) near the entrance to Farmington Lake.

After the operation ended, the officers radioed that they were going to fly over the enforcement zone one last time. As they did so, one of the aircraft wheels struck a powerline, causing the Cessna R172E to strike the ground. Both officers were killed instantly.

Patrolman Howard had served with the New Mexico State Police for six years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

aircraft accident

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Lowell Howard is my grandad (dad’s dad) and even though I never got to meet him, he sounds like a great guy from all the stories i’ve heard.

Ms. Howard

August 7, 2022

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