A man who murdered an Atlanta Police officer in Buckhead in 1997 was executed by lethal injection Oct. 19, according to ajc.com.

Gregory Paul Lawler in his Georgia Department of Corrections prison identification photo.

Gregory Paul Lawler, 63, was executed shortly before midnight after court appeals failed, as did a clemency plea based on an autism diagnosis.

On Oct. 12, 1997, Lawler shot two police officers outside his apartment on Morosgo Way with a rifle containing armor-piercing rounds. Officer John Sowa was killed and Officer Patricia Cocciolone was severely wounded.

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