Deputy Sheriff John H. Lamkin

Deputy Sheriff John H. Lamkin

Nolan County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, June 15, 1933

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John H. Lamkin

Deputy Lamkin succumbed to gunshot wounds received two weeks earlier when he came upon a burglary in progress while on patrol. The suspect immediately opened fire, striking him several times. The suspect also struck him with his vehicle as he fled.

The suspect was sentenced to 50 years in prison for murdering Deputy Lamkin. On June 19, 1936, he and another inmate murdered Guard Felix Smith as they escaped from prison. They were both recaptured and the suspect was sentenced to death for murdering the prison guard. He was executed in the electric chair on August 20, 1937. The second inmate was sentenced to 60 years for murdering Guard Smith.

Deputy Lamkin was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 57
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, June 1, 1933
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Time has passed but your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always ir.

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

June 15, 2020

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