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Patrolman Lawrence W. Gorman | Cambridge Police Department, Massachusetts Cambridge Police Department, Massachusetts

Patrolman

Lawrence W. Gorman

Cambridge Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Saturday, September 3, 1960

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 128

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and wounded

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Patrolman Lawrence Gorman was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two burglary suspects in Kendall Square. He observed the two men breaking into a restaurant and tried to arrest them when they opened fire, mortally wounding him. He was able to return fire and wound one of the suspects in the leg, who was taken into custody.

On May 14, 1961, the captured suspect, aided by his accomplice, escaped from the Middlesex County Jail along with another inmate. With a smuggled handgun he shot and killed Jail Master David S. Robinson. Three days later he shot and killed himself when police stormed a Boston apartment where he was hiding. His accomplice and the other escapee were captured a short time later. On September 24, 1961, his accomplice was convicted of Patrolman Gorman's murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life.

Patrolman Gorman had served with the agency for eight years and was survived by his wife and three children.

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Jail Master David S. Robinson, Sr.
Middlesex County Sheriff's Office, Massachusetts
End of Watch: Sunday, May 14, 1961
Cause: Gunfire

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 53rd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
April 28, 2013

 

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