Police Officer Larry Elwood Lasater, Jr.

Police Officer Larry Elwood Lasater, Jr.

Pittsburg Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, April 24, 2005

Larry Elwood Lasater, Jr.

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.

Bio

  • Age 35
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 257
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, April 23, 2005
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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2017 is coming to a close and it has been another tough year for our nation's law enforcement. California lost a young CHP officer on Christmas Eve because someone decided to celebrate with alcohol and marijuana and then drive. Today in Colorado one deputy was fatally shot and 4 other deputies wounded. Praying for peace and safety for all the men and women serving and protecting.

So many Christmas memories of you, and as always I put out the Santa pictures with you and your older brother. I was blessed with being able to see all my grandchildren on Christmas day although Cody was unsuccessful in teaching a new board game he has mastered that I found complicated. You have a very smart son who is like you in so many ways.

Holding you in my heart and you are the best part of me. Loving you for eternity.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

December 31, 2017

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