Reserve Officer Christopher Michael Lawton

Reserve Officer Christopher Michael Lawton

Zachary Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Monday, March 12, 2018

Christopher Michael Lawton

Reserve Officer Chris Lawton was killed after being intentionally struck by a vehicle as he attempted to serve a narcotics-related felony warrant.

He and another officer had spotted the wanted subject inside a U-Haul truck parked at the Walmart on Plank Road, in Baker, Louisiana. After observing the subject for several minutes the officers parked their patrol car behind the truck and began to approach it on foot. The subject saw them walking alongside the truck and started to drive away, pinning Officer Lawton between the truck and a shopping cart corral.

Officer Lawton's partner was able to broadcast a description of the vehicle, which was located approximately 20 minutes later. The driver was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, hit and run, and being a fugitive from justice. A second occupant of the vehicle was charged with obstruction of justice.

Officer Lawton served as a part-time, unpaid reserve officer with Zachary Police Department for 10 years and also served as a full-time firefighter with the Zachary Fire Department.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Z-72

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Commercial
  • Offender In custody

narcotics, hit-and-run, warrant service


Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Chief of Police David McDavid
Zachary Police Department
4510 Main Street
Zachary, LA 70791

Phone: (225) 654-1921

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Final Salute Reserve Officer Lawton. Thank you for your service. You are a hero. Rest peacefully in the presence of God. We are praying for the family and fellow officers.

Former Patrol Sergeant
Johnny Allison
Wylie TX Police Dept

March 22, 2018

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