In the Line of Duty

Dec. 3, 1907
Los Angeles

Officer Patrick Lyons had been on the force for four months when he was shot in the head while trying to arrest two robbers a little after 11 p.m. at Central Avenue and 14th Street.


One Question

How is it that Hollywood can spend fifty million a pop on a thriller, and it isn't half as gripping as this story?

Photo of Lyons

There is a photo of Patrolman Lyons on my site, Los Angeles in the 1900s, at He was the second LAPD officer killed in the line of duty. The first three LAPD deaths, two of which occurred in 1907 and one in 1908, are listed at

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