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

Police Officer

Linda A. Lawrence

Baton Rouge 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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Sadly, Linda has now been dead for longer than the short 30 years she lived, but as so many eulogists have already so eloquently stated, she will not be forgotten.

I was in her high school class--Bogalusa High School Class of 1964. We once dissected a frog together in 10th grade biology. Oh, to have realized then the pathways that frog was trying to open, and looking back only to ponder and regret the path not taken!

For all the good she was trying to do, Linda should have never been in that situation on the first of August, 1977. In spiritual retrospect, it's almost as if the Lord were saying "Come on Home, girl. I never intended for you to do this. I've got something better for you."

I took a different path, graduating from the U.S. Military Academy (an adolescent dream of which she was very aware) pursuing an Army Career, and have now completed one post-Army career in hopes of embarking on another. At West Point, the Cadet Glee Club sings the much celebrated Mansions of the Lord.

I can just see Linda in Heaven, flighting from one such Mansion to another. The Heaven we can only imagine in our mortal minds, and to where we hope to follow her, certainly deserves HER, and she her eternal reward.

Rest in Gloried Splendor until we meet again.

William H. Ward, P.E., J.D.
Major, U.S. Army, Retired
March 8, 2015


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