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Detective Sergeant Lucius J. Rice | Dayton Police Department, Ohio Dayton Police Department, Ohio

Detective Sergeant

Lucius J. Rice

Dayton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Thursday, October 5, 1939

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 63

Tour: 30 years

Badge # 111

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/30/1939

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1940

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Detective Sergeant Lucius Rice was shot and killed when he and two other officers went to an apartment building at 531 College Street to arrest a murder suspect.

Sergeant Rice and the other two officers searched the apartment, found the suspect hiding in a closet, and ordered him to come out. The man came out of the closet firing a gun, striking Sergeant Rice and another officer.

Sergeant Rice succumbed to his injuries five days later.

The man was convicted of Sergeant Rice's murder and executed on October 23rd, 1940.

Sergeant Rice had served with the Dayton Police Department for 30 years. He was survived by his wife, son, 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 74th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged 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.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
September 16, 2013


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