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Gwen Downs

End of Tour: Monday, May 16, 1977Gwen Downs
Rank: Patrolman
Assignment: Not available
Age: 26
Incident Date: Monday, May 16, 1977
Incident Location: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunshot
Suspect Name: Not available or applicable
Weapon Involved: Not available or applicable
Case Status: Closed


Patrolman Downs was shot and killed after she and her partner responded to a parking lot on a call. After waiting several minutes and unable to find any one who had called the police, her estranged husband pulled into the lot. As she approached him, he pulled out a gun and shot her before committing suicide.

Patrolman Downs was survived by her two daughters.

Louisville Division of Police