Patrolman Jerry Wayne Cawthon

Patrolman Jerry Wayne Cawthon

Amarillo Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, January 1, 1964

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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 a 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

vehicle pursuit

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Patrolman Cawthon,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Amarillo. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

January 1, 2024

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