Patrolman Lawrence W. Gorman

Patrolman Lawrence W. Gorman

Cambridge Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Saturday, September 3, 1960

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Lawrence W. Gorman

Patrolman Lawrence Gorman was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two burglary suspects in Kendall Square in Cambridge.

He observed the two men breaking into the Symmes Restaurant at 254 Maine Street and tried to arrest them when they opened fire, mortally wounding him. He was able to return fire and wound one of the suspects in the leg, who was taken into custody.

On May 14th, 1961, the captured suspect, aided by his accomplice, escaped from the Middlesex County Jail along with another inmate. With a smuggled handgun he shot and killed Jail Master David S. Robinson. Three days later he shot and killed himself when police stormed a Boston apartment where he was hiding. His accomplice and the other escapee were captured a short time later.

On September 24th, 1961, his accomplice was convicted of Patrolman Gorman's murder and sentenced to death. The sentence was later commuted to life.

Patrolman Gorman was a United States Navy World War II veteran and served with the Cambridge Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 36
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 128
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed Suicide

arrest, burglary

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Patrolman Gorman, it's now been 62 years since your murder. I can only hope that true justice came for your murderer, if not in this world, then in the next.

God Bless you, Brother and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department.

September 3, 2022

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