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Police Officer Larry Elwood Lasater, Jr. | Pittsburg Police Department, California Pittsburg Police Department, California

Police Officer

Larry Elwood Lasater, Jr.

Pittsburg Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, April 24, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 257

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/23/2005

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Police Officer Larry Lasater succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day while attempting to arrest two robbery suspects on the Delta De Anza Regional Trail.

The two suspects had just robbed a supermarket and bank branch and were fleeing from officers when they crashed their vehicle in a residential area. The two then fled onto the trail on foot.

As the officers searched for the suspect, Officer Lasater spotted one of them hiding in the bushes near the trail. As he ordered the suspect out of the bush at gunpoint, the suspect opened fire, striking Officer Lasater in the neck and leg. Other officers returned fire and took the suspect into custody. The second suspect was arrested a short distance away.

Officer Lasater was taken to a local hospital where he remained on life support for two days so that his organs could be donated.

In September 2007 both suspects were convicted of first degree murder. One of the suspects was sentenced to death and the second was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Officer Lasater was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Pittsburg Police Department for 5 years. He was survived by his expectant wife, mother, and brother. His son was born 2 1/2 months after his death.

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Hey Sir,
Heard some news my brother sent me about a high school friend of mine that was killed 10 years ago (Oceanside Police, Dan Bessant), they just re-arrested one of the gang members involved in his death. So of course, that led me to think of you. Sadly, I am heading to another LEO funeral this Friday for one of our brother a few counties over that was just shot and killed (Rusk County, WI). Its a sad state of affairs right now with the media, politicians, and some members of the public and their views towards L.E. But, we still pick up our packs and head to the next call because that is what we swore to do. Miss you brother. Thank you for the time we did have together. You will never be forgotten. Semper Fi.

Deputy James Gehris/ FMR USMC Sgt.
Lincoln County S.O. (WI)
November 2, 2016

 

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