Auxiliary Police Officer Lawrence Vernon Kipfinger

Auxiliary Police Officer Lawrence Vernon Kipfinger

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, October 14, 1969

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Lawrence Vernon Kipfinger

Auxiliary Police Officer Lawrence Kipfinger was shot and killed while attempting to intervene in a robbery in progress at the Lawson Dairy Store at 1235 East Hudson Street in Columbus.

Auxiliary Officer Kipfinger was off duty when he heard a call about the robbery on his scanner. Realizing he was close to the store, he went to the location to offer assistance. As he entered the store, he was shot by the suspect, who was attempting to flee.

The 16-year-old suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death on June 11, 1970. Two years later, the Ohio Supreme Court commuted his sentence to life. He was paroled in 1988. On October 19, 2009, he was arrested when he punched a woman who confronted him when he took her purse and cell phone from her car in Franklinton, Ohio. It was his 7th felony charge since his release. On December 10, 2010, he pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Auxiliary Officer Kipfinger had served with the Columbus Police Department for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 169

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, October 13, 1969
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1988

juvenile offender, off duty, robbery in progress

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Auxiliary Police Officer Lawrence Vernon Kipfinger of the Columbus Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 77 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

October 14, 2023

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