Police Officer Seymour H. Lawler

Police Officer Seymour H. Lawler

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, March 26, 1938

Seymour H. Lawler

Police Officer Seymour Lawler and Police Officer Hiram Reno were shot and killed by a robbery suspect they had just arrested at Hamilton and Forrest Avenues. The man had been placed in the back of the officers' patrol car.

The suspect produced a handgun concealed in his coat and shot both officers, killing them instantly. Police shot and killed the suspect.

Officer Lawler had served with the Detroit Police Department for 13 years and was assigned to the 8th Precinct. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Shot and killed

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To My Great Grandfather I never had the chance to meet,

Your daughter, who lost you roughly 80 years ago, grew to become my grandmother, namely Grandma Jo. She was everything a grandmother could and should be, and so much more. She happily served as a second mother to me, and taught me so much. She left this Earth ten short days ago on 11/24/2017, joining you and my grandfather Donald. Honorable, good people, to whom I was lucky to have in my life and influence me. Thank you.

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