Wife charged in fatal shooting of Ga. officer

Stanley Lawrence was a 20-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department


Chelsea Prince and Zachary Hansen
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA — A veteran Atlanta police officer was shot and killed by his wife at his Riverdale home early Wednesday morning, authorities said.

Stanley Lawrence, 58, had worked for Atlanta police since 1990 and was most recently working with the department’s police athletic league, Chief Erika Shields said in a news release. 

Stanley Lawrence was shot and killed Wednesday morning; his wife has been charged with his murder. (Photo/TNS)
Stanley Lawrence was shot and killed Wednesday morning; his wife has been charged with his murder. (Photo/TNS)

“We are stunned by this terrible news,” Shields said. “Stanley Lawrence was a respected officer who was beloved by his colleagues and the children of our Police Athletic League, where he worked every day to mentor and positively impact their lives. We are deeply saddened, and will miss him terribly. We are doing everything we can to support his family and colleagues as we all grieve this tragic loss.”

His wife, 49-year-old Tammare Lawrence, faces felony murder and aggravated assault charges in his death, Riverdale police Chief Todd Spivey said. The shooting took place in the 6500 block of Oak Valley Drive about 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Before Tammare Lawrence’s arrest, Spivey said the incident may have been domestic-related. A woman was escorted from the home about 6:30 a.m., but it’s unknown whether that woman was Lawrence.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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