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Patrol Officer John Kevin Lamm | Fairbanks Police Department, Alaska Fairbanks Police Department, Alaska

Patrol Officer

John Kevin Lamm

Fairbanks Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch: Thursday, January 1, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 338

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; AR-15

Offender: Committed suicide

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Officer Kevin Lamm was shot and killed after responding to check on a suicidal man with two other officers.

As they were making entry to the house, they were fired upon with an AR-15 rifle which had been converted to 7.62x39. One of the other officers was immediately struck in the head and wounded.

Officer Lamm immediately took cover behind a nearby couch and returned fire, drawing the suspect's attention away from his two partners. He was fatally wounded while giving his two partners a chance to escape the apartment.

After a 90 minute standoff the tactical team entered the residence and found the suspect dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound.

Officer Lamm had served with the Fairbanks Police Department for 3 years. He is survived by his wife, whom he had married only 12 days prior to his murder, his son, parents, and two brothers.

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When I was 13 (1993) my friend & I were stealing food from Kmart. We were hungry. Officer Lamm responded. He took us to Burger King in the back of his patrol car & dropped us off at home. He treated us like humans. I never forgot that. Years later, working at FMH, I saw a plaque in his memory in the ER. I think about him often. That was over 20yrs ago & just one small encounter & I still remember his good nature & spirit.

Rebecca L.
November 18, 2015


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