Lieutenant George W. Bannister

Lieutenant George W. Bannister

Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Thursday, March 3, 1966

George W. Bannister

Lieutenant George Bannister was shot and killed while investigating an accident at North 26th Street and Gayosa Street. He approached a man believed to be one of the drivers. When he asked him for his license the suspect shot him through the car window. The suspect fled into a nearby wooded area where he was shot and killed by officers in an exchange of gunfire. A state trooper was shot and wounded by the suspect.

Lieutenant Bannister had served with the agency for 17 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

Bio

  • Age 41
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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My mom was a crossing guard back in the 60's. She still talks about how nice Lt Bannister was. She said she almost got ran over by someone running a red light. After that, he would be there everyday . My mom is still alive and may have other stories if you'd like to hear them.

Robert Baumann (retired)

July 22, 2016

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