Donald Eugene Owens
Bloomington Police Department
Friday, August 15, 1975

Age: 49
Served: 30 years
Badge #:
Panel 53W, Line 4
Panel L7, Line 1

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, August 15, 1975

Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
122 South Walnut Street, Bloomington
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Officer's handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Sentenced to 15 to 20 years
Burial Place:
Valhalla Memory Gardens, Bloomington

   Captain Donald Owens was shot and killed by a prisoner he was escorting from the third floor of the Bloomington City Court.

   The man had been arraigned on charges of malicious trespass and housebreaking to commit violence. After his bond was set by the judge and as the prisoner, who had been handcuffed in front, was being led from the courtroom, a scuffle ensued in the stairwell.

   The prisoner was able to gain control of Captain Owens' service weapon as it fell from its holster and shot him, killing him instantly.

   The 23-year-old offender was charged with second-degree murder and subsequently sentenced to 15 to 20 years in prison.

   Captain Owens was survived by his wife and son.

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