Patrolman Lawrence Dale Coker

Patrolman Lawrence Dale Coker

Heidelberg Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Friday, January 2, 1981

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Lawrence Dale Coker

Patrolman Coker was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle that was driving over 100 mph. As Patrolman Coker approached the vehicle the driver leaned out of the window and opened fire with a .44 caliber handgun, striking Patrolman Coker in the chest. Patrolman Coker was able to return fire and wound the suspect who was taken into custody and charged with Patrolman Coker's murder.
Patrolman Coker had only been with the agency for two weeks.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 2 weeks
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .44 caliber
  • Offender Not available

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Patrolman Coker,
On today, the 40th anniversary of of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Heidelberg. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 2, 2021

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