Former policeman commits suicide

An ex-New Albany police officer committed suicide last Tuesday morning Baptist Memorial Hospital – Union County parking lot.

Terry Richard Dowty, Sr., 52, shot himself at approximately 7:15 a.m. that morning while standing in the parking lot.  According to New Albany Police Chief David Grisham, there were several witnesses to the suicide and that no one else was injured.
Dowty, who was a veteran of the Army National Guard, served as a police officer for 25 years, worked under Grisham before retiring.  He was also an evangelist of the Bro. Terry Dowty Ministries.
Tuesday’s incident was not Dowty’s first suicide attempt, Grisham said.
Law enforcement officials were called to his home at 1074 Highway 30 West, just outside of the city limits back in August, in response to an earlier attempt by Dowty to kill himself.  At that time, a Tupelo Police Department hostage negotiator  was called in to aid in helping him.  Officials found him in his backyard, holding a gun to his head and mouth.  The negotiations succeeded after 14 hours.
Union County Sheriff Tommy Wilhite said Dowty was taken to a hospital  for medical treatment after the incident and was later transferred to a psychiatric facility.  He said the incident was occurred following a domestic dispute.
Officials have not released information regarding Dowty’s mental state that may have led to his suicide or why he was at the hospital.
Funeral services were held  at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, 2011 at Martin Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Caffey and Rev. Andy Russell officiating.  Interment was in the Martin Cemetery.
United Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.