Officer killed Saturday left wife, two children Troopers embrace as they grieve the loss of Minnesota State Trooper Timothy Bowe after a brief ceremony Wednesday at the Calvary Cemetery in Anoka, Minn. Bowe was shot to death early Saturday in Chisago, Minn., while answering a call about a shooting at a rural home. CUTLINE: Denise Bowe, widow of slain trooper Timothy Bowe, is handed roses Wednesday as she arrives at the cemetery with their daughter, Alana Bowe, in Anoka, Minn. Thousands of troopers and supporters gathered at the Calvary Cemetery to pay respects to Bowe. COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Seasoned troopers wept as Col. Mike Chabries, chief of the State Patrol, awarded fallen comrade Timothy Bowe its first medal of honor.
Bowe, a 15-year State Patrol veteran, was the first state trooper killed in the line of duty since 1978. Chabries presented the medal to the corporal's widow, Denise, at his funeral Wednesday.
``We hope that this medal will always remind you, and remind us, that not only was Tim a great father, husband and son, he was our hero,'' Chabries said. ``He gave his life doing what he loved to do most -- serving and protecting the citizens of Minnesota as a member of the Minnesota State Patrol.''
The trooper was gunned down last weekend by Joseph Lindstrom, 26, while investigating a shooting in rural Chisago County. Lindstrom then shot and killed himself. His funeral was also held Wednesday, and he was buried on the White Earth Indian Reservation.
Nearly 5,000 people, including 4,000 law-enforcement officers, crowded into Epiphany Catholic Church and spilled onto the grounds for Bowe's funeral.
Later, hundreds of people stood along a highway and on overpasses, some holding signs or waving flags, as 792 squad cars rolled slowly toward the cemetery in nearby Anoka. The procession took 90 minutes to pass.
Bowe was buried next to a daughter, Alison, who died of a birth defect about 3 years ago. Besides his wife, he also left behind a 6-year-old daughter, Alana, and a 9-month-old son, Colin.
Corporal Dennis O'Brien, Bowe's patrol partner, described to mourners how he arrived at Bowe's side seconds after Bowe was shot at about 1 a.m. Saturday. While O'Brien held up two IV bags in each hand, trooper Bruce Brynell talked to Bowe, reciting the names of his wife, their children and fellow members of the patrol's special response team.
After each name, Bowe squeezed Brynell's hand.
``I never once saw the sparkle leave his eyes,'' O'Brien said. ``The last time I saw him they were loading him into the helicopter.'' Bowe died about an hour later at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Bowe and the deputies were responding to a report that Lindstrom had shot and wounded a man outside a house. In the darkness, Bowe and several deputies approached the car in which Lindstrom was lying in the front seat. He suddenly sat up and fired at Bowe, hitting him in the chin with the first shot.
Deputies returned fire, but a coroner's report said it was a bullet from Lindstrom's own handgun that killed him. Police said Lindstrom and others in the house had been using drugs before the shooting, and family members said Lindstrom had been hallucinating.
Relatives said Lindstrom had lived in Bemidji but moved to Phoenix to try to get away from a life of drugs. They said he had returned to Minneapolis to retrieve his tools and visit friends.
The service was a time for reflection.
``We are becoming such a violent society,'' said retired Archbishop John Roach. ``This is not the way God wants people to live.''
It was also a time for officers to consider their own mortality.
Bowe was a classmate of Cpl. Leslie Johnson in rookie school years ago.
``It's something we know can happen. Tim was a special individual. It's made me appreciate my life and my family and what I am able to do on a day-to-day basis,'' she said.@et