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Police Officer Thomas V. Pegues | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Thomas V. Pegues

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Monday, August 19, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 18106

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/19/1974

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Convicted of murder

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Patrolman Pegues was shot and killed after he and his partner had stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation.

Patrolman Pegues and his partner were on patrol when they stopped a vehicle at the corner of South Road and New York Boulevard. After obtaining a license from the driver, Patrolman Pegues checked the status of the license. He found that the driver had a suspended license. Patrolman Pegues and his partner removed the driver from the vehicle and were in the process of placing him under arrest when the passenger exited the vehicle and opened fire. The suspect fired four shots, one of which struck Patrolman Pegues in the back, killing him.

Patrolman Pegues' partner returned fire, but both suspects escaped. Both were later apprehended and the gunman was charged with murder. He was convicted and sentenced to 25 year to life in prison. He is eligible for parole in June 2005.

Patrolman Pegues had served with the New York City Police Department for 1 year and was assigned to the Tactical Patrol Unit. He was survived by his wife and daughter.

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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 39th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged 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 pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
March 18, 2013


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