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 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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You have been heavy on my heart lately and did a google search to see what came up and this was at the top of the search. I am glad someone has put this site together Thank You! Dad I wish I had know you and thank you for your service. The country is going a little crazy and police are not being respected like they should. I'm sadden to read the short bio they have up for you. Plus I forgot that the killer only got 10 years! WOW! Then he got out and murdered again. So sad! You have two granddaughter's from me and one has your same birthday she just turned 42 you would have loved them DeLana Renee and Leslie Jeannette are their names. Mitzi has a boy and girl and I'm hoping you have meet Natasha she passed away 14 years ago February and Jason her son is a good man. Michael also has three children that are all grown Jennifer, Heather and Kevin. We are all doing good and you will be proud of the people we became in spite of the hardships we endured in our young lives.
Your Daughter Laura

Laura Davidson

January 30, 2020

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