Killing of Leonard McCowin in Texas in 1947


Case summary

Leonard McCowin (1926 - 1947), a café worker and a veteran, was killed by city marshal Brian McCallum in Shelby County, Texas. McCowin was standing on a public street holding a hunting rifle. He was accompanied by an acquaintance, Laura Smith. When asked by McCallum to hand the rifle over, McCowin complied. McCallum nevertheless struck and beat McGowin with a gun. Grand jury returned a no bill against McCallum. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1947-11-04
Location: Center, Shelby County, Texas
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: carrying an unloaded gun

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Finding of no legal responsibility: [ ]

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Grand jury: yes
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