Deputy Sheriff John Doyle Lawrence

Deputy Sheriff John Doyle Lawrence

Ottawa County Sheriff's Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Monday, May 20, 1957

John Doyle Lawrence

Deputy John Lawrence was shot and killed when he and his partner stopped a vehicle driven by a man who had shot and wounded two state troopers earlier in the day.

As the officers approached the car the suspect exited and opened fire, striking Deputy Lawrence in the neck. Deputy Lawrence's partner was able to return fire and wound the suspect.

The suspect was later found in his home, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Deputy Lawrence had been employed with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department for three years and was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 20, 2015

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