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Wife jailed without bond after veteran Atlanta police officer shot, killed in Riverdale

Riverdale police say Stanley Lawrence, 58, was shot and killed by his wife, Tammare Lawrence, 49, at their home.

The wife of a veteran Atlanta police officer was arrested after he was shot and killed at his Riverdale home early Wednesday morning.

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. The 6-foot-8 former basketball star played for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Tammare Lawrence had a first appearance hearing Thursday morning.
Tammare Lawrence had a first appearance hearing Thursday morning.

“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, 48-year-old Tammare Lawrence, faces felony murder and aggravated assault charges in his death, Riverdale police Chief Todd Spivey said. The shooting took place at the couple’s home in the 6500 block of Oak Valley Drive about 4 a.m. Wednesday.

The GBI’s crime scene unit responded to a deadly shooting in the 6500 block of Oak Valley Road to process the scene.
The GBI’s crime scene unit responded to a deadly shooting in the 6500 block of Oak Valley Road to process the scene.

Credit: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Credit: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

At a first appearance hearing Thursday, prosecutors provided no additional information on what led to the shooting. Stanley Lawrence was shot in the shoulder while on his couch, Channel 2 Action News reported from the courtroom. He died in his living room.

His wife remains in the Clayton County Jail without bond.

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