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Cop dies of cancer possibly linked to shooting

By Leah Thorsen
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis police officer shot 20 years ago has died of cancer that could be linked to the gunshot wound that tore through his midsection, his widow said Thursday.

Jeff Kowalski, 51, died Wednesday at his home in Texas. He was shot in February 1987 while chasing two men. One of the men shot him with a pistol, hitting him in the abdomen. He was 29 at the time and was hospitalized for two months.

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