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Deputy Sheriff Richard F. Lawton | Hampden County Sheriff's Department, Massachusetts Hampden County Sheriff's Department, Massachusetts

Deputy Sheriff

Richard F. Lawton

Hampden County Sheriff's Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 11, 1916

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Sheriff Richard Lawton was shot and killed in Russell when he attempted to arrest a man at a home on Russell Street, in Russell, on a warrant charging threats to assault his wife.

The 63-year-old suspect was arrested minutes later by a local constable. On January 29th, 1917, the man pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison. He died on July 17, 1920, shortly after being released from prison.

Deputy Lawton had served with the Hampden County Sheriff's Department for five years.

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Deputy Sheriff Lawton,
On today, the 99th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Hampden County.

R.I.P.
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Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
January 11, 2017

 

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