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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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Since you were so brutally taken from us 11 years ago, a lot of changed. There is a war being waged now against law enforcement in our beautiful country. I know how sad and angry that would make you feel if you were here. There is a great divide in our country right now, but I will always stand with law enforcement. I am feeling so heartsick now.

Yesterday I went to the Academy graduation ceremony to see a close friend graduate. I was proud of him and the other graduates who chose to enter a profession where so much hatred in being stirred up against them now. There was so much extra security there, I'm sure much of it deemed necessary by the attack on police in Dallas that left five officers dead and 6 other officers wounded. It was gut wrenching to see the snipers on the rooftops and the officers in swat gear there. but knowing that is the lengths you have to go to protect an event where there are lots of police.

Today I feel not only grief for you, but grief for our country You are still the most patriotic person I ever personally knew.

Loving you for eternity, my cherished son.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
July 9, 2016

 

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