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Officer Lowry

William F. Lowry 

End of Watch:
August 28, 1997

At 6:30 AM on August 28, 1997, Tacoma Special Weapons and Tactical (SWAT) Team members responded to 1026 East 57th Street where Sap Kray, a 45-year-old male that was threatening his wife with a rifle.  The SWAT Team, which included Officer William Lowry, surrounded Kray's residence and began negotiations with Kray.  At 10 AM, Kray indicated that he would surrender, but when Officer Lowry and other SWAT Team members approached the front door, Kray opened fire on them with a 7.62 caliber SKS assault rifle, killing Officer Lowry and wounding Officer David Peck.


Kray was also wounded in the exchange of gunfire with the SWAT Team and retreated back into his house; finally surrendering four hours later.  Kray was subsequently convicted of aggravated murder and sentenced to life in prison.


Officer William Lowry joined the Tacoma Police Department on September 27, 1979, serving in the Patrol Division until June 8, 1986, when he entered the United States Army as a Lieutenant.  Officer Lowry resumed his duties with the Police Department on December 18, 1989, and served in Patrol and Narcotics prior to his death.


Officer Lowry was survived by his wife Jolin, and daughter Frances, as well as his brother Tim Lowry who also served as a Tacoma Police Officer.


Gone But Not Forgotten