Senior Corporal Richard A. Lawrence

Senior Corporal Richard A. Lawrence

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, November 9, 1993

Richard A. Lawrence

Senior Corporal Richard Lawrence was shot and killed when he surprised a pair of auto thieves as he returned home from work at 3:00 am.

Corporal Lawrence was a U.S Army veteran of the Vietnam war and had served with the Dallas Police Department for 22 years. He is survived by his two daughters and son.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 22 years, 6 months
  • Badge 3066
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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Hi Dad ...

I had no idea this page was even here. Seeing all the memories of you from those who have shared brings tears to my eyes. I am in law school now ... long over due, sir, I know ... but at least I made it. I just finished typing up a problem for my Crim law class. I meet my professor in the morning. One of the problems had to do with an officer being shot. Lots of cases dealing with officers - not just in Crim Law. I had to write a paper too regarding an officer involved incident. And all of this made me think - I don't even know what degree of murder the criminals who murdered you were convicted of. So I went to look, and here is this page.

I miss you, Dad. I guess that goes without saying. I used to dream about you a lot ... but that pretty much stopped when Joe and I got married. But you probably know that too. You knew I was taken care of, and you were right. He makes me feel safe, and it took a long time to feel that way after you were killed. I used to sleep terribly, but when he and I moved in together, I slept like a rock. He's a deputy now too ... waited 4 years after we got married to try. I tell people who know what happened to you that in my defense this all happened after the fact, and I was stuck. :) Please do me the favor and watch over him. If there is anything you can do to keep him safe, I know you will try.

I know you know about my son too. And of course, he wants to be a police officer. Told me that tonight as a matter of fact. But I am going to do my best to at least steer him towards a different branch. Perhaps the FBI or something. Not that it is completely safe. Law enforcement never is. So perhapsI will try to convince him of something else all together. I have a good while before I have to worry too much. Jake is ornery and stubborn, but that would serve him well in life. It is just hell to parent .. as you know. He is a really good kid, all kidding aside. You would be proud. You would like Joe too. He's a hard worker. You would have taken advantage of that! Ha

I think about you all the time, and wear a necklace with your badge on it. Your pictures are up in the house. Jake knows about you, that some bad guys took you away from me. I don't tell him too much ... he's too young yet and I don't want him worrying about Joe.

I am very proud of you. You did what you thought was right. You would have intervened whether you were retired or not because you were 'the job'. It was a part of you, and you were made for it.

I am so blessed that you were my Dad, and don't worry ... like Aunt Julie said ... you spoiled me enough in our 14 years together to last me my whole life. I love you, Daddy ... and wish you could have been with me longer. I will carry your heart with me ... I carry it in my heart. Until we meet again ...

With Love Always,
Your Baby Girl

Your Blond Bomb

February 24, 2017

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