Police Officer Henry Nicholas Laxson

Police Officer Henry Nicholas Laxson

Clayton County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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Henry Nicholas Laxson

Police Officer Henry Laxson was shot and killed as he and other officers responded to a domestic violence and shooting call in the 3600 block of Jervis Court in Rex at about 8:40 pm.

The first officers to arrive on the scene encountered a 12-year-old boy who had been shot in the face. Despite his injuries, the boy was able to lead officers to his house. As the officers approached the house, a man opened fire from inside before retreating inside toward the back of the home.

Officer Laxson, along with other members of the Tactical Unit, were approaching the home from the rear when they encountered the man at the rear of the house. The man opened fire a second time, fatally wounding Officer Laxson and wounding another officer. Despite their wounds, the officers were able to return fire and kill the subject.

Both officers were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where Officer Laxson succumbed to his wounds.

Officer Laxson had been recognized as the Clayton County Police Department's Officer of the Quarter in October 2020. He is survived by his mom, dad, sister, and fiance.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 26223

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

domestic, shots fired

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I had the honor of being at Henry's funeral and it was somber and heart felt moment because you could feel the love from all the family, friends and the community. I happen to be there during that time due to the related training that I and fellow officers were attending called 'Advance Peer Support For Law Enforcement Officers'. I happen to be in the same class as one of Henry's closest friend, as he was going through the same training. I know it hit him like a ton of bricks at some point not being able to see his friend again.

Officer Linford Moore
Department of Veterans Affairs

June 16, 2022

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