Patrolman Jerry Wayne Cawthon

Patrolman Jerry Wayne Cawthon

Amarillo Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, January 1, 1964

Jerry Wayne Cawthon

Patrolman Cawthon was shot and killed following a vehicle pursuit of a juvenile who ran a red light. The suspect finally stopped at his home and ran to the back door, where Patrolman Cawthon apprehended him. During the struggle the juvenile's brother and friend came to his aid and began to argue with the officer. The friend, who was standing behind Patrolman Cawthon grabbed his service weapon as he spun him around, then shot him in the mouth. The suspect was apprehended on the scene and was sentenced to ten years in prison.
Patrolman Cawthon was survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 24
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 10 years

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Cannot count the number of times you have crossed my were such a YOUNG man. You and Bill. A great canine officer with your partner Franz. The world is a cruel, unfair place way too often.

Susan Head Chesnut

April 19, 2016

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