Toronto Police Constable Shot on the Street 1944 - 1973

Policeman Shot in the Line of Duty

From the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Website:

On January 10, 1973 Constable Lothian spotted a fast moving vehicle running a red light. Giving chase, he caught up to the vehicle on Amelia Street when it ran into the rear of another vehicle. Lothian jumped from his cruiser. He was met by David Brian (Duke) Holmes, a crazed drug addict, who shot and fatally wounded the officer. Lothian was 28.

Seven hours after the shooting of the police officer, Holmes attempted to kill himself with a bullet through his skull. His buddy, Walter Eugene McVicar, 25, an occupant of the car chased by Lothian, is believed to have finished the job by firing two further shots into Holmes’ head before turning the gun on himself.


Constable James Lothian

Constable James Lothian

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