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Sheriff James R. Lauer | Northumberland County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania Northumberland County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania


James R. Lauer

Northumberland County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 27, 1959

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 16 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sheriff Lauer was shot and killed near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as he and a deputy transported a prisoner to the Western Penitentiary. During the drive the suspect was able to grab Sheriff Lauer's .38 caliber service revolver.

The sheriff then jumped into the backseat in an attempt to regain control of his weapon and subdue the prisoner. During the struggle the suspect shot Sheriff Lauer in the abdomen. The deputy was able to stop the vehicle and attempted to aid Sheriff Lauer, but was chased away from the scene by the suspect. The suspect fled on foot but was turned himself in 12 hours later during a massive manhunt. He was being taken to Western Penitentiary to serve a 4 to 10 year sentence for armed robbery.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death on May 20, 1960. Three years later he was awarded a new trial and sentenced to life.

Sheriff Lauer had served with the agency for 16 years. He was survived by his grandmother.

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