Patrolman John Arthur Lawson

Patrolman John Arthur Lawson

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Wednesday, October 4, 1950

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John Arthur Lawson

Patrolman John Lawson suffered a fatal heart attack two hours struggling with a prisoner inside the police headquarters facility in the basement of the city hall.

The prisoner had been arrested for being drunk in public and disorderly a short time earlier at a tavern at 306 E. Market Street when he interfered as Patrolman Lawson attempted to question a woman. As Patrolman Lawson booked the man, a struggle ensued in which Patrolman Lawson was struck in the chest.

He complained about chest pain and was taken to a local hospital where he died two hours later. The man was charged with assault, drunk in public, and disorderly conduct. The suspect pled guilty to assault and battery, fined $90, and sentenced to 30 days.

Patrolman Lawson had served with the Louisville Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, parents, and sister.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Charged with assault

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