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


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This hurt, in the 1990's when she was shot and killed. God bless her and her family. She was a nice person, and I heard she was a good mother. Thanks for her service, G M Mayo 07/2023... remember ing

G M Mayo

July 15, 2023

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