Palmer police officer honored in Washington D.C.

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Palmer police officer shot in the line of duty one year ago was among 139 officers honored by President Clinton Monday.

Officer James Rowland, 30, was shot to death May 15, 1999 while responding to a report of a man slumped over the wheel of a truck in a supermarket parking lot.

Rowland and the man, Kim Michael Cook of Slana, began arguing and shots were fired. Cook was charged with first-degree murder in Rowland's death.

Rowland was the first Palmer officer ever killed in the line of duty.

The 139 officers memorialized Monday were killed during the past year.

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