Police Officer John B. Lawson

Police Officer John B. Lawson

Galveston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, June 3, 1919

John B. Lawson

Officer Lawson was shot and killed on his second day of duty by a disgruntled former officer. Officer Lawson had been hired to replace this former officer, who had just been fired by the chief. Upon hearing that Officer Lawson had been hired, the former officer searched for him and shot him several times when he was located.

The suspect was convicted of the murder and sentenced to 25 years. He died in prison March 8, 1924.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, June 2, 1919
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Died in prison

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Rest in Peace Police Officer John B. Lawson. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice Protecting the citizens of Galveston, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and the men and women now serving the Galveston, Texas Police Department. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw on the bones of your murderer.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

June 3, 2016

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