Chief of Police Lawrence Newbern

Chief of Police Lawrence Newbern

Broxton Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, March 21, 1914

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Lawrence Newbern

Chief Lawrence Newbern was shot and killed while he and a constable were arresting two brothers for drunkenness and causing a disturbance. As he searched the suspects, one drew a revolver and shot him in the head. He then shot and accidentally killed his brother as he attempted to shoot the constable.

The suspect, 22, was captured two days later near Hazlehurst. On January 19, 1916, he was found guilty of Chief Newbern's murder and sentenced to life. He was paroled on September 8, 1927.


  • Age 60
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Paroled in 1927

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Chief Newbern,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Broxton.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

March 21, 2024

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