Lieutenant George W. Bannister

Lieutenant George W. Bannister

Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Thursday, March 3, 1966

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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.


  • 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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