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New Hero Search Christopher Michael Lawton ("Chris") - Mar. 12, 2018 (29720)

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Zachary Police Dept. Patch
Resided: LA, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Mar. 12, 2018
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 41 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Zachary Police Dept. - LA
4510 Main Street  
Zachary, LA   70791   USA
(225)654-1921
County: East Baton Rouge Parish
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Reserve Officer
Sworn Date: 5/2008
FBI Class: Homicide - Veh
Weapon Class: Vehicle
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 10 years
Bio: Fire Deputy Chief Lawton was a dedicated public servant. He served the citizens of Zachary for over twenty years. Chief Lawton started his public service career with District Six Fire Department in 1996. He then became a full-time firefighter with the Zachary Fire Department in March of 1998 and worked his way through the ranks. Chief Lawton received his Fire Science degree from LSU in 2000.

At the time of his death, Chief Lawton held the position of Deputy Chief, the second highest rank within the Zachary Fire Department. He was also an Arson Investigator for the City of Zachary. Chief Lawton served as a Zachary Police Department Reserve Officer, joining the Police Department in May 2008. During Chief Lawton's career, he received numerous awards including: Medical Life Saves, Fire Stops, Unit and Crew Citations. In 2017, Chief Lawton became a Post Firearm Training Instructor. He was an active and founding member of the Zachary Firefighter Association, Local 4644. Chief Lawton was a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators, Zachary Police Reserves, Zachary United Methodist Church and Zachary Cross Fit. Chris was a devoted father and husband. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. Chris enjoyed being in the woods. It was his place of comfort and strength. The woods were his place to reconnect with God.

Officer Lawton served as a part-time, unpaid reserve officer with Zachary Police Department and also served as a full-time firefighter with the Zachary Fire Department.

Survived by:
Shannon - Wife
Marshall and Claire - Children
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: Albert Franklin :: Black / Male - 33 years old
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Location: Baker   Zachary, LA   USA   Mon. Mar. 12, 2018
Summary: Reserve Officer Chris Lawton was killed after being intentionally struck by a vehicle as he attempted to serve a narcotics-related felony warrant.

He and another officer had spotted the wanted subject inside a U-Haul truck parked at the Walmart on Plank Road, in Baker, Louisiana. After observing the subject for several minutes the officers parked their patrol car behind the truck and began to approach it on foot. The subject saw them walking alongside the truck and started to drive away, pinning Officer Lawton between the truck and a shopping cart corral.

Officer Lawton's partner was able to broadcast a description of the vehicle, which was located approximately 20 minutes later. The driver was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, hit and run, and being a fugitive from justice. A second occupant of the vehicle was charged with obstruction of justice.

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