The suit stems from Sowell’s death on June 28, 2006. Clark answered a domestic disturbance call at the Cerulean residence Sowell shared with his parents. At the scene, Clark claimed that Sowell, carrying two knives and a section of pipe he believed to be a shotgun rushed his patrol vehicle. Clark said that Sowell did not respond to verbal commands to stop, and attempted to turn around on the gravel driveway and place distance between himself and the armed suspect. As he executed his turn, Clark said that he fatally struck Sowell.
Sowell’s father, Eugene Sowell said that he witnessed the incident from his front lawn. On the afternoon of the incident, the elder Sowell said, “Randy got here and my son was on the porch. He had a pipe- it was an arm-bar that I used as a cheater-bar on a jack I had a few years ago-, and a couple of knives. Randy didn’t get out of his car, and said ‘drop it’ or ‘stop,’ maybe twice, and then it looks like he backed up. He then floor-boarded it and took off. You can see some of the ruts still in the driveway. Then he ran over mike and didn’t stop until he was over by the shed and came back. He got out and said ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I was trying to get away from him.’”
Complete details of the Sowell family lawsuit may be found in The Cadiz Record.