Officer Molly Bowden
End of Watch: February 10, 2005
Officer Molly Bowden was mortally wounded while conducting a routine traffic stop on the night of January 10, 2005. The traffic stop occurred at the corners of Nifong and Forum Boulevards around 10 o’clock at night. Officer Bowden was shot three times after pulling over Richard Evans, a 23-year-old student at Columbia College. Evans would drive off and was on the loose for a short time. Later on in the night, Officer Curtis Brown was in pursuit of Evans by foot and Evans shot Officer Brown in the arm before taking his own life. Officers were able to find Evans because the car video camera recorded Evan’s license plates. Officer Brown would be treated at the University hospital and would be released. Officer Brown was later awarded the Ribbon of Valor for his actions. Officer Bowden was treated at University Hospital as well. She was put in a drug induced coma to fight an infection and would never recover. She passed away on February 10, 2005 at the age of 26 years old. She had been on the force for over 3 years and was the first Columbia Police Officer killed in the line of duty.
She is the daughter of Dave and Beverley Thomas of Rocheport. She was a graduate of Hickman High School. She was a 2002 graduate of Columbia College with a degree in Criminal Justice Administration. She was a University Police Officer when she met her husband-to-be Cory Bowden. She left the University Police and joined Cory at the Columbia Police Department. Molly and Cory married in July of 2003. In her memoriam there is an annual Officer Molly Bowden Blood Drive. Columbia College established the Molly S. Thomas Bowden Memorial Scholarship, which provides a scholarship to a female majoring in Criminal Justice Administration or Forensic Science.