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Man wanted for murdering deputy kills himself

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We have breaking news tonight about the search for a man wanted in the murder of a New Hanover County Sheriff's deputy. Anthony Bowen, the man wanted for the murder of his ex-girlfriend (NHCo Corrections officer) Tarica Pulliam, is dead. He committed suicide in a wooded area off Blue Creek Road in SW Onslow County at about 4:30 p.m. The suicide was committed in the presence of Deputies. The New Hanover County Sheriff's Department believes Anthony Bowen shot his ex-girlfriend as she was on her way to work as a detention officer for the sheriff's department. Pulliam had filed for a protective order against Bowen after claims of assault, and threats of going to get a gun. Today WWAY spoke with one of Bowen's former neighbors who did not want to go on camera, but said Bowen came across as an angry person. Nobody at his former workplace would comment. Pulliam leaves behind a seven-year-old daughter who is now staying with family. Bowen is not the girl's father.

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I miss you

I knew Anthony personally. He was like you best friend. I'm not trying to take sides but I know what he went thru with that lady. No she did not deserve to die but no one knows how bad she tortured Anthony. He was a great man. Yes he's made mistakes but NO ONE needs to judge him. He didn't mean to kill her and it wasn't intentional he just wanted to scare her to try to make her leave him alone. He has a daughter he wanted to be with but Pulliam didn't like that. I seen the messages of them back and forth. She wanted Anthony to take care of her daughter because her child's father didn't care about their child. Neither deserved to die. I miss Anthony with everything inside of me. It pains me to know he's gone. It makes it even worse since he shot himself in MY back yard. I love this man and I'll never forget him. I love you Anthony, rest in peace sweet angel.

just a thought

I knew Anthony for awhile I'm completely shocked by his actions and his past. I would have never guessed it.It's easy it hate him for what he did. But what we should be most upset about is the system. This guy was not a criminal, he was sick and twisted.It takes a sick person to do what he did which was end the life of 2 people he suppose to love.He had a history of this kind of behaivor and the law new it but let him out anyway.He should have been put in a mental ward to let a doctor decide weather he should be allowed out but instead a judge decided that girls life was worth 103,500 bond,how nice.He also told friends and coworkers he had nothing to live for but they brushed it off as venting his anger.I bet they wish they could call someone now.But not getting involved is the American way.Maybe if the system would have paid closer attention to him rather than run people through the system like cattle maybe they would both still be alive.And God help those children,please don't let this destroy there lives before they really have begun

My Friend

I woke up to the ringing of the telephone to recieve the news that my little sister which I always called her at work was shot. I'm hurting and the entire Sheriff office is grieving with me. for those of you who didn't know tarica you missed a good laugh, jokes,and a beautiful smile. She was loving and a giving person,and most of all an outstanding officer. The most I admired about her was her spiritual faith in God, through all her troubles she find time to check on others. We talked about God and how her pastor messages gave her hope to keep pressing towards the mark of the high calling,and she was doing just that. tarica walked by faith until she left us. pray for her family and her sheriff office family that we may become stronger as one body. weeping may endure for the night joy will cometh in the morning. God Bless you all. Deputy Wanda Barrett

PRAYERS FOR PULLIAM & BOWEN & NEWKIRK FAMILIES!

I AM PRAYING FOR THE TARICA PULLIAM FAMILIES; ANTHONY BOWEN FAMILIES; AND PATIENCE NEWKIRK FAMILIES. WORDS CANNOT SAY MY HEART AND FEELINGS TODAY. I PROMISE TO KEEP YOU ALL IN MY DAILY PRAYERS FOR ALWAYS. GOD IS THERE FOR US ALL AND HE WILL LOVE YOU, HOLD YOU, AND RIGHT NOW WRAPPING HIS ARMS AROUND YOU FOREVER MORE. I KNOW GOD HAS A PLAN AND WE DON'T KNOW OR UNDERSTAND IT. JUST TURN TO GOD ALWAYS FOR COMFORT WITH THESE HORRIFIC DEATHS. I WILL SAY THAT I LOST MY NIECE ON 9-5-2006 AND THE PAIN IS UNBEARABLE AT TIMES BUT TODAY I KNOW SOMEONE IS IN WORSE PAIN THAN I. I HAVE TO SAY OUR LIVES WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. I ONLY WISHED I WAS THERE TO HUG YOU ALL TODAY. I AM SO VERY, VERY, VERY SORRY THIS HAPPENED. IF THERE IS ANYTHING YOU NEED PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I LOVE YOU BUT GOD LOVES YOU MORE! Fayetteville, Tennessee

Too Close For Comfort

This guy was hiding out within 2 miles of my house in Jacksonville and was driving the exact same car (color, year, etc) that I drive and our plates are only one number different! Glad I didn't go anywhere yesterday!

What kind of comment is

What kind of comment is that!

i am so sorry for the loss of tarica pulliam

i really feel bad for her daugther.a girl at 27 years old who was a deputy sheriff for new hanover county shouldnt be killed.my prayers go out to her daugther and her family.god bless her family and her daugther.

I pray for the child in this

I pray for the child in this case and hope she will come to understand that her father just made a mistake. I am sure there is a lot we will never understand why people feel the need to take someones life. For some of us we feel the need to express hate, confusion, and down right anger towards someone who takes a life. It is way to "deal" with how we are feeling. So, Patience you might not want to come on here for awhile and read some of these blogs and entries. I am sure if nobody on here knew him the way you knew him it hurts to read some of these. But, also, HE took a life and then turned everyone that is involved lives right upside down. We all will pray for those involved. God Bless.

I am the mother of his

I am the mother of his child, I just had to tell my daughter her father is dead, her dad had issues you will never know about, because none of you knew him. We had our problems in the past, but we got past them. So all of you just let the dead rest in peace. All 3 families are suffering now.

Patience Newkirk ref: A.Bowen

It sounds to me as if you are defending him...never the less he has done wrong. I understand that he had issues..we all do (some worse than others), although that gives him absolutely NO RIGHT to do what he has done. You mentioned that we should let the dead rest...I agree, but what you are failing to realize is that he is dead by choice, Ms.Pulliam had no say in the matter.Her life was taken by Mr. Bowen...Mr. Bowens life was was ended on his own will. Ms. Pulliam wasn't left a choice as Mr. Bowen was. You had also mentioned that the two of you had issues in the past, but you two had worked through them. Well that's wonderful because you see what happens when he's angry. Thank God everyday that you were not selfishly and maliciously taken down as Ms. Pulliam was. You will get to watch your child grow, Ms.Pulliam will not. A seven year old little girl was left without a mother and that sickens me because this was such a horrific, selfish crime. You didn't mention anywhere in your comment any sympathy for the Pulliam family, it sounded to me as if you were angry with them for being angry at Mr. Bowen. I am really trying hard to understand this. I know you don't realize it now, but Mr.Bowen was obviously a control freak, I mean look he could no longer control Ms. Pulliam so he ended her life,and even in his death he is controlling you. I will pray that one day you realize the wrong that he's done and be thankful that it wasn't you who had to pay with their life, I will also pray for your daughter because regardless of what kind of man her father was, she is still left without a father and that is a sad situation. But, keep reminding yourself that he took his own life, he had a choice in the matter where as Ms. Pulliam didn't. I will end this by saying....God bless the Pulliam family, as well as you and your daughter, and as with majority of deaths resulting from domestic violence...,"cowards will always do the cowardly thing"!!!

How Could You

First off you don't know anything about my Uncle. All you know is the stuff that the news has reported. My Uncle was sick but he was also a kind and loving person. Anthony was never a coward and never will be, everybody has their wrongs of doing. You are not perfect neither am I or the others, but my Uncle took his life just as well as he did hers. My Uncle Anthony gave his child the world and I don't see to many fathers like that. Yeah he did wrong but God might have forgave him just as well as he forgave you for your sins. Yes I feel bad because he killed Ms. Pulliam but their families wasn't the only ones hurting.Like my Aunt Patience said let them rest in peace.

LOST

2 little girls lost a parent. I am a family member of Patience and her daughter. Yes, Anthony made the choice to end his life, but his daughter did not make the choice to lose her father. Yes he was wrong but all of us need to use this energy and just pray for all three families because this has an impact on a lot of people.

I feel your pain. This is

I feel your pain. This is one of his childhood friends from springhill. The community will be praying for his family and your daughter. Just be patient and keep god on your side.

My condolences

I am so sorry for your loss. My neice is Tarikas cousin - her father & Tarika were 1st cousins. Just last week my sons cousin (on his fathers side) did the same thing to his girlfriend here in VA so I do deeply sympathize. I pray that you and your daughter as well as Tarikas child are able to get past this horrendous situation and live full, happy lives. May God protect and bless you as you heal. Just dieregaurd all the negative comments these ignorant people make and have peace in knowing they are ignorant! I wish you the very best in the worst of times.

Obviously he had issues,

Obviously he had issues, does that give him the right to kill an innocent woman? No. This could have been you or your child. Thank God your child will not have to grow up with this selfish, angry, violent person having any influence in her life. He is a coward. The only reason he killed himself is because he knew the chase was over. Who would have been his next victim?

Sorry for your daughter

I am sorry that your daughter and Ms. Pulliam's daughters have both lost a parent. Both young ladies will be in my prayers cause their lives have changed forever due to Mr. Bowen's actions.

Because we are not here to

Because we are not here to judge one another, we all need to lift all parties involved up in prayer. My heart goes out to both families because each have lost someone they love dearly. May God wrap His loving arms around all individuals involved as they go through this tough time!

Bowen Death

Thank God that means one less criminal on the streets. I hate it that this little 7-year-old has to be left without her mother in this world because of the selfish acts of others.

EVERTHING ACCORDING TO GODS

EVERTHING ACCORDING TO GODS PLAN...

COWARD... POS not even worth

COWARD... POS not even worth a comment.

coward

coward

This was mean...

this girl was tryin to do here job and this guy kills her and thenn trys to take an easy way out heey will pay 4 this not by prison time but by god this was sad

Thank you

Thank you for doing the first decent thing you have ever done. You saved the taxpayers a large sum of money.

Truth

I could not agree more!! I knew this was going to happen but at least this is the end and her family will never have to worry about him maybe getting out of jail.. Rest in peace Pulliam!!!