Police Officer Seymour H. Lawler

Police Officer Seymour H. Lawler

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, March 26, 1938

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Seymour H. Lawler

Police Officer Seymour Lawler and Police Officer Hiram Reno were shot and killed by a robbery suspect they had just arrested at 1002 W. Forest Avenue near Hamilton and Forrest Avenues. The man had been placed in the back of the officers' patrol car.

The suspect produced a handgun concealed in his coat and shot both officers, killing them instantly. Police shot and killed the suspect.

Officer Lawler had served with the Detroit Police Department for 13 years and was assigned to the 8th Precinct. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Shot and killed

robbery, arrest

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Thoughts this police week of my Great Uncle Seymour brother of my paternal Grandmother Ruth Estelle Lawler Brown. My father Otis Lawler Brown. I remember my father and grandmother telling how awful his death was. Borrowing a car to make a fast trip from Louisville to Detroit. Sadly I was never able to know him. Gone too soon.

Martha Ruth Brown
Great niece

May 12, 2024

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