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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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I was a young Marine Second Lieutenant at 1st Tank Bn in 29 Palms, CA when I first met Larry in the late 90s. He was the Scout Platoon Commander at the time. He had the respect of his peers and junior Marines alike and I can recall hearing him on the radio during our Bn Exercise (Steel Knight) calmly and cooly directing aviation and artillery fires while the tanks of the Bn maneuvered towards our objectives. At work he was a consummate professional. Off work, he was the life of the party, his fellow Marines enjoyed hanging out with him. I got the news of his death a bit late as I had just returned from Iraq in April 2005, so when I heard the news I was shocked especially finding out he had become a police officer, was married, and had a baby on the way. I hope that his family has found some healing knowing that Larry was truly a great Marine, one that to this day, has left an impression on me. Rest in Peace Larry!

LtCol Rob Bodisch (Ironhorse-6)
2d Tank Battalion, 2d Marine Division
December 29, 2015

 

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