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Patrol Officer Peter Arthur Larsen | Beloit Police Department, Wisconsin Beloit Police Department, Wisconsin

Patrol Officer

Peter Arthur Larsen

Beloit Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Sunday, November 15, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 16 years

Badge # 23

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/4/1985

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 77 years

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Officer Peter Larsen died of a gunshot wound received fourteen years earlier when he responded to a kidnapping complaint. After arriving on the scene the suspect, who was the victim's estranged boyfriend, shot both Officer Larsen and the kidnapping victim twice in the head. The kidnapping victim died the following month. Officer Larsen was left a quadriplegic and in a comatose state until his death in November. Officer Larsen died at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, where his wife had taken care of him after the shooting. Officer Larsen is buried in Emerald Grove Cemetery, Emerald Grove, Wisconsin.

The suspect was sentenced to 77 years in prison for the initial shooting, attempted murder, and kidnapping. In April 2000 he committed suicide while in prison in Racine. Because of this incident, the State of Wisconsin has a new law that states if you attempt to kill a police officer, you will be charged with murder.

Officer Larsen had served with the agency for 16 years. He was survived by his wife.

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I work for the railroad and travel through the City of Beloit often on my way around Wisconsin. I noticed your tribute on the back of a squad car “In memory of #23” . I thought that was pretty wonderful. I was saddened to hear there was a plan to phase out and remove that tribute. I am happy to say that plan was met with strong opposition and your tribute will remain on the squad cars. I think it is great that your spirit will still be riding along with each Officer. In the rain, snow, or sunshine #23 will still be on patrol. It’s impossible to put into words how horrible it is that you had to give your life. It is to you and those like you that possess that unwavering courage that we need to always remember, you knew that risk better than anyone, and yet you still stood to protect. Your family brings honor to your name and memory by enduring. Thank you for being unyielding and brave. Thank you for wearing the badge!

Johnie Blanchett
January 23, 2014


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