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 suspect 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. Officer Vaird 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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Trying to take a few minutes to browse the ODMP site as I try and do most days, I came across a true hero whose untimely and heroic death I remember all too well. Officer Vaird, your memory, service, sacrifice and heroism will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always and God Bless your family.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 19, 2020

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