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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 am a librarian in Gloucester, Virginia, and I am doing a school-wide project on the importance of appreciating our community helpers. The members of the Police Unity Tour (Chapter 8 from Florida) will be riding by our school on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. When they get here, we are going to greet them with our own wall of appreciation and honor.

Each of our 650 students have been learning about the ultimate sacrifices made by the many men and women who have given their lives serving their communities. One of our students has chosen to show respect to you, Officer Lasater, for serving the citizens of Pittsburg, California. That student has learned all they can about you through research conducted in the library. While we don't know you personally, we can promise you will NEVER be forgotten! In the words of the student researching your life, "It is important to show appreciation and honor to other members of our community to let them know that we love everything they do for us."

Thank you, Officer Lasater, for choosing this noble profession. Your sacrifice was not in vain, and you will forever live on in the memory of others.

To the family of Officer Lasater, thank you for sharing your loved one with the world. They made a difference in the lives of others, and will always be remembered as a hero!

Shannon Kerr, Librarian and LEO Wife
Page Middle School, Gloucester, Virginia
April 26, 2016

 

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