Deputy Sheriff Lawrence H. McParlin

Deputy Sheriff Lawrence H. McParlin

Charles County Sheriff's Office, Maryland

End of Watch Tuesday, May 21, 1918

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Lawrence H. McParlin

Deputy Sheriff Lawrence McParlin and Officer John Conrad, of the Metropolitan Police Department, DC, were shot and killed while attempting to serve a South Carolina murder warrant on a suspect at 76 I Street, NW.

After shooting the two officers, the suspect fled to 1500 Carrollburg Place, SW, where he was confronted by Lieutenant David Dunigan, also of the Metropolitan Police Department. During the ensuing shootout, Lieutenant Dunigan was also fatally wounded and the suspect was wounded.

The suspect escaped but was recaptured and hanged on January 22, 1925 in a Washington, DC jail. Before execution, the suspect claimed to have committed 12 murders.

Deputy McParlin, a U.S. Navy veteran, was survived by his wife, daughter, father, three brothers and two sisters. He is buried at Hartland Central Cemetery in Hartland, New York.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location District of Columbia
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and wounded

warrant service

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On this actual anniversary of your untimely and heroic death I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your law enforcement family will always remember regardless of the amount of time that has passed. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

May 21, 2021

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