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Night Policeman Alex J. Robertson | Eureka Police Department, Utah Eureka Police Department, Utah

Night Policeman

Alex J. Robertson

Eureka Police Department, Utah

End of Watch: Sunday, December 5, 1915

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 20 years

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Policeman Robertson was shot and killed after arresting man for being drunk in public and for firing a firearm in public. The suspect, who was a friend of Policeman Robertson, had just lost his job at a local mine and began drinking and causing a disturbance at a local bar. Policeman Robertson was called to the scene and arrested the man.

The two walked back to the county jail and as Policeman Robertson opened the door the man suddenly pulled out his handgun and shot Policeman Robertson twice, once in the back and once in the back of the head, killing him.

The suspect fled the scene but was pursued by his brother and another man who witnessed the murder. He was caught a short distance away and returned to the jail. The man was convicted of Policeman Robertson's murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Policeman Robertson had been appointed to the position of night policeman 2 years earlier. His term was set to expire at the end of the month. He was survived by eight brothers and sisters.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 96th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05
December 5, 2011

 

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