Patrolman
Walter Scott Lanfair
Terre Haute Police Department
Friday, August 3, 1934

Age: 48
Served: 11 years
Badge #:
Panel 52W, Line 4
Panel L9, Line 1

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, August 3, 1934
04:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
45 Barton Avenue, Terre Haute
Incident County:
Vigo
Incident Township:
Harrison
Weapon Used:
.45-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Executed in 1936
Burial Place:
Highland Lawn Cemetery,
Terre Haute

   Patrolman Walter Lanfair was shot and killed while investigating a burglary in progress.

   When he and other officers arrived, Patrolman Lanfair went to the back of the residence and was shot in the head by a male subject.

   The 34-year-old suspect, who had escaped from a Texas prison while serving a 45-year sentence for burglary, fled the scene. He traveled to Tennessee before returning to Texas where he was arrested. The suspect was extradited, convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. On April 17, 1936, he was executed by electrocution.

   Patrolman Lanfair was survived by his wife and daughter.



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