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Patrol Officer Sean Laura | Markham Police Department, Illinois Markham Police Department, Illinois

Patrol Officer

Sean Laura

Markham Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, September 20, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 516

Cause: Struck by vehicle

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Officer Sean Laura was killed when he was struck by a vehicle during a foot chase of a suspect.

Officer Laura was struck by a police vehicle from a neighboring jurisdiction at 7:20 pm. He had stopped a car for a traffic offense and the driver fled on foot. Officer Laura radioed for backup while in foot pursuit and other officers from his department as well as the Harvey Police Department came to assist.

One of the responding patrol cars struck him as he ran into the road from behind a parked car. Officer Laura was pinned underneath the patrol car for several minutes and died a short time later. The suspect was later sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Officer Laura had served with the Markham Police Department for two years. He was survived by his mother.

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I spent Father's Day with your mom and dad. I spend the weekend with the both of them once a month when I come from southern Illinois. Mom and dad are truly a blessing. They are crazy about my son, your nephew, little Sean. I bring Little Sean by with me and we watch the old western television shows with your parent. We celebrate your legacy with every conversation. I will always be there for them as I promised!!

Your brother,
Tim Tyler

July 1, 2016


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