Downtown intersection dedicated in honor of fallen Charleston County patrolman

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - An intersection in downtown Charleston was renamed Friday in honor of a county patrolman who died in the line of duty in 1968.

Charleston County Patrolman James Owens, Jr. was killed on May 11, 1968, when he was shot four times by a man he arrested while Owens was driving the man to jail. The shooting happened on Calhoun Street on the way to the Detention Center.

Friday marked the 50th anniversary of Owens' death. He was 34 when he died.

The intersection of Calhoun and Rutledge Avenue was named after him in a ceremony. Sheriff Al Cannon, State Sen. Marlon Kimpson, Rep. Marvin Pendarvis and Rep. Robert Brown attended the event.

Owens's son said the day was filled with mixed emotions but said it was a joyous day because he's worked for more than a year with is wife to make this dedication happen.

"I just want to give God all the praise and give him honor and glory to put this into my spirit to put this memorial together," James Owens III said.

Owens was one of the first African-American police officers to serve on the Charleston County Police Department, which is now the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

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