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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

Incident Date: 1/1/1998

Weapon: Rifle; AR-15

Suspect: 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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I have had the honor to have worked with Kevin's father Lynn when we where police officers in the same agency in the mid 70's. I could not have had a better mentor and now having read this about Kevin, I must say while I feel great sadness for the Lamm family, I am not at all surprised by Kevin's actions on that fateful day for it hit me hard, having worked with his father, that the apple truly did not fall far from the tree. In fact, I am very proud of Kevin.

Auxiliary Officer Tom Mallen
Florence, Oregon Police Dept
August 29, 2014

 

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