Lawrence Marion StrockToday in 1932, Charleston Police Patrolman Lawrence Marion Strock, 27,  was shot and killed as he responded to a shooting. A man, who had shot and wounded another man he had been arguing with in a vacant house, shot Patrolman Shrock as he approached the house.

The suspect was apprehended a short time later. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on September 23, 1932. He escaped from the South Carolina Penitentiary in Columbia on March 28, 1935. Five days later his body was found in the Columbia Canal near the prison. Drowning was determined to be the cause of death.

Lawrence Marion Strock GravesitePatrolman Strock was survived by his wife and son. He is interred at Bethany Cemetery in Charleston.


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A retired law enforcement officer who now serves as the President of the Fraternal Order of Police Tri-County Lodge #3.
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