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Patrolman Ernest Cecil Holbert | Cleveland Police Department, Ohio Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman

Ernest Cecil Holbert

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 27, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 59

Tour: 19 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/2/1972

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Holbert died from complication of a gunshot wound sustained 15 years earlier. Patrolman Holbert and another officer were attempting to arrest an intoxicated man in connection with an accident when the man produced a handgun and opened fire on the officers. Although both officers were wounded, they returned fire and killed the suspect.

Patrolman Holbert was struck in the head by one of the rounds. The wound caused him to undergo four operations in which parts of his brain were removed as a result of bullet fragments. He died of complications from a combination of the initial wounds and the ongoing operations.

Patrolman Holbert had served with the Cleveland Police Department for 19 years. He was survived by his wife and eight children.

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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 27th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged 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 officer Larry Lasater
January 27, 2014

 

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