Patrolman Wallace Lawson

Patrolman Wallace Lawson

Jefferson City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Monday, April 2, 1934

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Wallace Lawson

Patrolman Wallace Lawson was shot and killed after responding to a disorderly person call at a cafe.

The suspect began to argue with Patrolman Lawson when the officer entered the cafe shortly after the suspect had caused a disturbance and attacked a waiter. The suspect then walked across the street and began cursing Patrolman Lawson. When Patrolman Lawson started towards the suspect, the suspect ran home and obtained a 12-gauge shotgun loaded with slugs.

As Patrolman Lawson went onto the house's front porch, the suspect came out of the back of the house and ran around the side. He fired twice at Patrolman Lawson. The first shot was deflected by Patrolman Lawson's duty belt. The second shot hit Patrolman Lawson in the chest. He died moments after being shot.

The suspect fled, going to Kansas City. He was arrested without incident the next day after returning to Jefferson City. Two months later, he was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to five years of hard labor.

He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 56
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to 5 years


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Patrolman Lawson,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Jefferson City.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

April 2, 2024

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