Reserve Officer
Lonnie Edward Howard
North Vernon Police Department
Wednesday, March 24, 1993

Age: 22
Served: 4 months
Badge #: 19
Panel 49W, Line 19
Panel L20, Line 4

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Vehicular assault
Date/Time of Incident:
Wednesday, March 24, 1993
01:30 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
3330 North State Road 3
Incident County:
Jennings
Incident Township:
Center
Weapon Used:
Motor vehicle
Suspect Disposition:
Died while in custody
Burial Place:
Pratts Branch Cemetery,
Letcher, Kentucky

   Reserve Officer Lonnie Howard and Patrolman Anthony Burton were killed when their patrol car was rammed while parked in the Lord of Life Lutheran Church parking lot.

   The 30-year-old suspect, who was free on bond following an earlier standoff with police, was driving a vehicle stolen in Decatur County. He was apprehended and died by suicide while in custody on May 13, 1993.

   Reserve Officer Howard was survived by his parents and brother.

Memorial Tribute

• In 2018, a section of U.S. 50 from County Road 150 North to the Muscatatuck River was dedicated the Officer Anthony Burton and Reserve Officer Lonnie Howard Memorial Highway in their honor.

Historical Note

• This incident was one of 23 which resulted in the line of duty deaths of two officers.



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