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Auxiliary Police Officer Lawrence Vernon Kipfinger | Columbus Division of Police, Ohio Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

Auxiliary Police Officer

Lawrence Vernon Kipfinger

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch: Monday, October 13, 1969

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 169

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Paroled in 1988

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Auxiliary Police Officer Lawrence Kipfinger was shot and killed while attempting to intervene in a robbery in progress.

Auxiliary Officer Kipfinger was off duty when he heard a call about the robbery on his scanner. Realizing he was close to the store he went to the location to offer assistance. As he entered the store he was shot by the suspect, who was attempting to flee.

The 16 year-old suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death June 11, 1970. Two years later the Ohio Supreme Court commuted his sentence to life. He was paroled in 1988. On October 19, 2009, he was arrested when he punched a woman who confronted him when he took her purse and cell phone from her car in Franklinton, Ohio. It was his 7th felony charge since his release. On December 10, 2010, he pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Auxiliary Officer Kipfinger had served with the Columbus Police Department for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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I vaguely remember This man. He is a distant memory from my early childhood. What I do remember was that he was a friend of my father and very involved in raising up strong, intelligent young men through the Boy Scouts. The night of his death, I understand that he was enroute to a Boy Scout meeting of the troop that he worked with (and was on the committee of.) He diverted to the scene of the robbery to assist a one man car who had been dispatched.

Firefighter Ronald Cattrell
Clinton Township Fire Department
December 10, 2014


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