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Lieutenant George W. Bannister | Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

Lieutenant

George W. Bannister

Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Thursday, March 3, 1966

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 17 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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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.

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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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