March 15, 2008 01:15 AM by Joe Reality
A North Carolina lawman who was wounded in the line of duty has been named as a finalist in the 2008 America’s Most Wanted All-Star Contest. Burke County Sheriff’s Deputy Martin Lawing was shot while attempting to help bring an end to a standoff. Lawing is the third of eight weekly finalists to be selected by the public in the America’s Most Wanted All-Star Contest. The contest is sponsored by Sprint, and it honors the heroic work of the nation’s first responders.
In December of 2007, officers attempted to serve involuntary commitment papers to a sixty year old woman and take her to a mental hospital for evaluation. The woman would not cooperate, and she threatened to shoot anyone who came near her door. SWAT teams got into a standoff with the woman.
Deputy Martin Lawing attempted to throw a phone into the woman’s home so that she could communicate with negotiators, but the woman opened fire. Deputy Lawing was hit in the neck by a bullet. Deputy Lawing was paralyzed by the injury, but he is attempting to regain use of his legs through physical therapy.
Deputy Martin Lawing is thirty-one years old, and he first joined the sheriff’s office in 2002. Lawing also served his country for five years in the U.S. Army’s elite 3rd Ranger Battalion.
America’s Most Wanted will profile each weekly finalist. America’s Most Wanted airs on Saturdays at 9 PM ET/PT on FOX. Nominations can be made at AMW.com until April 1, 2008. The winner of the 2008 America’s Most WantedAll-Star Contest will receive a check for $10,000 at the NASCAR SPRINT Cup Series All-Star Challenge at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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