Security guard described as family man with heart of gold
Lawrence Buckner had more than two decades of security experience and had worked for almost four years at the U.S. Census Bureau in Suitland before he was shot approaching a car he believed was involved in a kidnapping.
Buckner, 59 of Virginia, died several hours after the shooting that locked down the federal facility he was guarding and ultimately led to a chase and a series of shots fired through the District. The man accused of shooting him has been charged with kidnapping and assault of a police officer in D.C.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years Linda plus a son, four grandchildren, two brothers, three sisters and multiple nieces, nephews and cousins, according to the company he worked for, Master Security, which had a contract with the Federal Protective Services to provide guards at the Census Bureau.
His employer described Buckner as a "committed family man with a heart of gold."
"Lawrence's unselfish approach to life caused him to always consider the needs of others....He had tremendous compassion for others and would help anyone who asked....In his final act of bravery, Lawrence gave his own life to protect others; for that, all of us are eternally grateful."
He also served eight years in the Army
Master Security is based in Hunt Valley, Maryland, and has been in business for more than 50 years.