Police Officer Lauretha Arnetha Vaird

Police Officer Lauretha Arnetha Vaird

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, January 2, 1996

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Lauretha Arnetha Vaird

Police Officer Lauretha Vaird was shot and killed while responding to a bank robbery in the 4700 block of Rising Sun Avenue.

She was the first officer to arrive at the scene and was shot as she entered the bank. Two suspects were arrested a short time later. A third suspect was arrested several days later during a traffic stop in Maryland.

On November 1st, 1996, the subject who shot Officer Vaird was sentenced to death.

Officer Vaird had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for nine years and was assigned to the 25th District. She is survived by her two sons.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 5897

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .380 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to death

bank robbery

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Laurie introduced me to cool jazz. I ended up "inheriting" 2518 car. Her death profoundly affected me. A VERY NICE LADY

PO Stuart Geisler, retired
Philly PD

October 27, 2022

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