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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I remember when I was a teenager you would come visit with my dad. You were always joking around and laughing and fun to be around.
Thank you for your service and sacrifice to serve and protect.

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March 2, 2021

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