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Patrolman Jerry Wayne Cawthon | Amarillo Police Department, Texas Amarillo Police Department, Texas

Patrolman

Jerry Wayne Cawthon

Amarillo Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 1, 1964

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 10 years

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Patrolman Cawthon was shot and killed following a vehicle pursuit of a juvenile who ran a red light. The suspect finally stopped at his home and ran to the back door, where Patrolman Cawthon apprehended him. During the struggle the juvenile's brother and friend came to his aid and began to argue with the officer. The friend, who was standing behind Patrolman Cawthon grabbed his service weapon as he spun him around, then shot him in the mouth. The suspect was apprehended on the scene and was sentenced to ten years in prison.
Patrolman Cawthon was survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.

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Cannot count the number of times you have crossed my mind.you were such a YOUNG man. You and Bill. A great canine officer with your partner Franz. The world is a cruel, unfair place way too often.

Susan Head Chesnut
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April 19, 2016

 

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