Fallen Hero Obituary

Law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Massachusetts

Officer Lawrence W. Gorman Age: 36 years old Tour: 8 years Cambridge Police End of Watch: Saturday, September 3, 1960
Patrolman Lawrence Gorman was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two burglary suspects in Kendall Square. He observed the two men breaking into a restaurant and tried to arrest them when they opened fire, mortally wounding him. He was able to return fire and wound one of the suspects in the leg, who was taken into custody.

On May 14, 1961, the captured suspect, aided by his accomplice, escaped from the Middlesex County Jail along with another inmate. With a smuggled handgun he shot and killed Jail Master David S. Robinson. Three days later he shot and killed himself when police stormed a Boston apartment where he was hiding. His accomplice and the other escapee were captured a short time later. On September 24, 1961, his accomplice was convicted of Patrolman Gorman's murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life.

Patrolman Gorman had served with the agency for eight years and was survived by his wife and three children.

Remembering …

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