Constable Lester George Lanning

Constable Lester George Lanning

Pennsylvania State Constable - Mercer County, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, December 28, 1940

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Lester George Lanning

Constable Lester Lanning and the justice of the peace were killed when they were struck in the back of the head with an axe while searching for a mentally disturbed man. The man then shot and killed himself. The man attacked them in the cellar of a house on the Greenville-Jamestown Road.

Constable Lanning had served with the Pennsylvania State Constable - Mercer County eight ears. He was survived by his wife and child. Hehad just been elected to his third term as Constable for Greenville.


  • Age 68
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Axe
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Constable Lanning,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Mercer County.


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December 28, 2020

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