Police Officer John B. Lawson

Police Officer John B. Lawson

Galveston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, June 3, 1919

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John B. Lawson

Officer Lawson was shot and killed on his second day of duty by a disgruntled former officer. Officer Lawson had been hired to replace this former officer, who had just been fired by the chief. Upon hearing that Officer Lawson had been hired, the former officer searched for him and shot him several times when he was located.

The suspect was convicted of the murder and sentenced to 25 years. He died in prison March 8, 1924.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, June 2, 1919
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Died in prison

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Officer Lawson,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Galveston.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

June 3, 2019

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