Police Officer Linda A. Lawrence

Police Officer Linda A. Lawrence

Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Monday, August 1, 1977

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Linda A. Lawrence

Officer Lawrence was shot and killed while she and her training officer were at the scene of a residential burglary call. The officers encountered the suspect in the bedroom of the house and were attacked by him. The suspect managed to gain control of Officer Lawrence's service revolver and shot her once in the chest. Officer Lawrence's FTO struggled with the man for several more minutes before he was able to fatally shoot the suspect. The suspect was shot a total of ten times with .357 caliber rounds before he finally stopped the assault on the officers.

Officer Lawrence is the first known female officer to be killed in the line of duty in Louisiana. She had been with the agency for only four months. She was survived by her parents.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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