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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bowling Green, Kentucky, Convicted Felon Charged With Violating Federal Firearms Laws

Arrest made following a high-speed pursuit and standoff with law enforcement

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Acting United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. today announced the arrest and initial appearance, in U.S. District Court, of convicted felon Jackie Lee Bowles, Jr., on charges of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

Bowles, age 26, of Bowling Green, was arrested on federal charges following an alleged high-speed chase and armed standoff with law enforcement yesterday, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Bowles was charged with the possession of a loaded, General Precision Corp., Model 20, .22 caliber revolver.

According to an affidavit filed with a federal criminal complaint, Bowles pointed a handgun at a self-identified police officer, threatened to shoot additional police officers in the head, and identified himself as a Captain with the Aryan Nation. Bowles is a convicted felon, having previously pled guilty in United States District Court to charges of possession and distribution of crack cocaine (case number 1:08cr40) on January 7, 2009. Bowles is currently on Supervised Release from that conviction.

Bowles was involved in a pursuit by police at a high rate of speed, after failing to stop his vehicle for an alleged traffic violation. He fled that vehicle on foot. Bowles was later approached by law enforcement when the officer recognized him as a passenger in a vehicle at a convenience store on Louisville Road in Bowling Green. A Warren County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant identified himself and at that time, Bowles allegedly raised a handgun and pointed it at the Sergeant. Other officers arrived and established a perimeter around Bowles’ vehicle and evacuated several surrounding businesses and locked down two area schools. During this time, Bowles made several phone calls. During one of the calls, he could be heard by law enforcement officials saying “I’ll have to shoot them in the head.” Bowles is alleged to have made the comment as officers arrived with visible body armor.

Bowles is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless and is being investigated by ATF, in conjunction with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police.

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The indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated May 28, 2015