Patrolman Lawrence W. Gorman

Patrolman Lawrence W. Gorman

Cambridge Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Saturday, September 3, 1960

Lawrence W. Gorman

Patrolman Lawrence Gorman was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two burglary suspects in Kendall Square. He observed the two men breaking into a restaurant 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 had 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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and wounded

arrest, burglary

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Officer Gorman, it's now been 58 years since your sacrifice. It's an honor to work beside the men and women of the Cambridge Police. How tragic that you did not have a long distinguished career.

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

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

September 3, 2018

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