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Patrolman Leo Pavlak | South St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota South St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota

Patrolman

Leo Pavlak

South St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 30, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 4 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/30/1933

Weapon: Shotgun

Suspect: Killed during an attempted prison break

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Patrolman Leo Pavlak was shot and killed during a robbery of a payroll.

Patrolman Pavlak was escorting two messengers from the post office when a car pulled up emitting a lot of smoke and two subjects got out. Patrolman Pavlak complied with their orders to put his hands up. At that time another patrolman came around the corner and the men opened fire on him, striking him several times. Then without warning the man covering Patrolman Pavlak shot him in the head with a shotgun.

The shooter was Arthur Barker, brother of Fred Barker of the infamous Barker-Karpis Gang.

Patrolman Pavlak had served with the South St. Paul Police Department for only four months. He was survived by his wife and four children and is buried in Cavalry Cemetery, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 80th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I am sure you are proud that your family has continued your legacy of protecting and serving.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
April 21, 2013

 

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