Acting Policeman William R. "Sandy" Lawson

Acting Policeman William R. "Sandy" Lawson

Richlands Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, August 19, 1903

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William R. "Sandy" Lawson

Acting Policeman Sandy Lawson succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained four days earlier as he attempted to arrest a man who had robbed two boys the previous night.

The North Tazewell mayor notified Richlands authorities that the suspect was believed to have gone to Richlands. Policeman Lawson located the suspect and another man near the town's water tank and attempted to arrest them. As he stated his intentions, the suspect drew a gun and opened fire, striking him. Despite being wounded, Policeman Lawson returned fire and killed the suspect.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, August 15, 1903
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Officer Lawson,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Richlands.


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August 19, 2023

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