Police Officer Derrick Lanier

Police Officer Derrick Lanier

Cuyahoga Metro Housing Authority Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, March 2, 1996

Derrick Lanier

Police Officer Derrick Lanier was shot and killed while working an overtime assignment at a club at 9600 Madison Ave. Two men whom he had escorted out of the club returned to the scene and opened fire on Officer Lanier.

Officer Lanier attempted to draw his weapon but was shot in the head three times before he had an opportunity to do so.

According to two witnesses, Officer Lanier pushed them to the ground and out of the way of fire as his final act, saving their lives.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available


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Officer Lanier, today is a solemn anniversary. 22 years ago today you were murdered by a pair of meaningless thugs. I hope they paid for their crimes, your family certainly has.

I pray for your continued rest and God Bless. God keep the women and men of the CMHA Police safe as they go about their daily rounds.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

March 2, 2018

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