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Police Officer Linda A. Lawrence | Baton Rouge City Police Department, Louisiana Baton Rouge City Police Department, Louisiana

Police Officer

Linda A. Lawrence

Baton Rouge City Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Monday, August 1, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 4 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Lawrence was shot and killed while she and her training officer were at the scene of a residential burglary call. The officers encountered the suspect in the bedroom of the house and were attacked by him. The suspect managed to gain control of Officer Lawrence's service revolver and shot her once in the chest. Officer Lawrence's FTO struggled with the man for several more minutes before he was able to fatally shoot the suspect. The suspect was shot a total of ten times with .357 caliber rounds before he finally stopped the assault on the officers.

Officer Lawrence is the first known female officer to be killed in the line of duty in Louisiana. She had been with the agency for only four months. She was survived by her parents.

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A long time has passed since that day. You are not forgotten, I still remember you and your loss. Time does not heal all wounds. Rest in peace and the Lord bless your family.

Lt. Stephen Jackson Retired
Baton Rouge PD
January 9, 2015


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