Patrol Officer John Kevin Lamm

Patrol Officer John Kevin Lamm

Fairbanks Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch Thursday, January 1, 1998

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John Kevin Lamm

Patrol Officer Kevin Lamm was shot and killed after responding to check on a suicidal man with two other officers on Mercier Street in Fairbanks.

As they were making entry to the house, they were fired upon with an AR-15 rifle which had been converted to 7.62x39. One of the other officers was immediately struck in the head and wounded.

Officer Lamm immediately took cover behind a nearby couch and returned fire, drawing the suspect's attention away from his two partners. He was fatally wounded while giving his two partners a chance to escape the apartment.

After a 90-minute standoff, the tactical team entered the residence and found the suspect dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officer Lamm had served with the Fairbanks Police Department for 3 years. He is survived by his wife, whom he had married only 12 days prior to his murder, his son, parents, and two brothers.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 338

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AR-15
  • Offender Committed suicide

ambush, suicide attempt

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26 years...the age you were when you were killed. Seems like a lifetime. You are missed and remembered today as you always are. A true hero! ♥️

Dena LeGros (Wilson)

December 31, 2023

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