Chief Powell was shot and killed by the former police chief during an argument
about another officer. During the argument Chief Powell pinned the former chief
to the ground. The man then drew his revolver and shot Chief Powell.
The suspect was sentenced to two years for the murder but was pardoned by the
governor at the request of one of the man's friends. Five years later the
suspect also shot and killed this friend and was sentenced to death for that
murder. He was executed in 1924.
Source: Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc.
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