Killing of Samson Ingram in Florida in 1949


Case summary

Samson Ingram, about 25 years old, a farmer, was killed in 1949 by police officers R.A. Lowry, Pete Franks, and Joe Bowers in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida. The police were called by James Jordan, a barber who said that Ingram did not pay for his haircut. Lowry spotted Ingram on the street and tried to arrest him; Franks and Bowers arrived separately. The officers claimed that Ingram fought with them and attempted to grab one of their guns, whereupon they fatally shot him.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals:
Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1949-06-25
Location: Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: refusing to pay for a haircut; resisting arrest; attacking a police officer

Coroner process
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Finding of no legal responsibility: [ ]

Criminal process
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Grand jury: yes
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FBI case ID:

Miami 44-168

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