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Police Officer Nathan Ray Laurie | River Oaks Police Department, Texas River Oaks Police Department, Texas

Police Officer

Nathan Ray Laurie

River Oaks Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, July 29, 2004

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 176

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Sentenced to Six Years

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Officer Laurie was killed at approximately 0230 hours in an automobile accident during a vehicle pursuit.

The pursuit began when Officer Laurie attempted to stop a pickup truck for a traffic violation. The driver of the truck attempted to flee in the truck. Officer Laurie notified dispatchers of the pursuit. A short time later his patrol car collided with another responding patrol car at the intersection of Yale Street and Tulane Avenue.

The impact caused Officer Laurie's radio to have an open mic. Dispatchers were unable to reach either officer and a sergeant responded to their last known location where he found the wrecked patrol cars. Officer Laurie was transported to Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The other officer was also transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect was apprehended approximately two weeks later after investigators received an tip on his whereabouts. He plead guilty to a second-degree felony charge of evading arrest using a vehicle that caused a death and received a six year sentence.

Officer Laurie had served with the River Oaks Police Department for two years and had previously served for one year with the Tarrant County Sheriff Department. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and daughter.

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Hey Nathan,

I remember our academy days and how you were a stand up guy and got along with everyone. I remember you talking about your family and it was quite clear how proud you were of them and loved them. I remember your never quit attitude and your hilarious ability to sound very official and militaristic, but say the most stupid things (on purpose) to break the seriousness of the academy. Comic relief was needed. Saw your name on the wall in Washington DC and scratched it off the wall. And for the life of me, I can't find it now...So, gotta go back and do it again bro. We temporarily lost a good brother, but I fear not, we will see you on the other side soon.

Sergeant Donny Breytspraak
Rockwall Police Department
December 21, 2016


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