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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I pray you Rest in Peace Officer Lasater. John 15:13 " Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends". I thank you my friend, that I never had the honor of meeting. By the kind words your mother, and wife, left on my dad's page Officer Arthur Williams EOW 3-1-78, I know you were a great man, because you were surrounded by a great family. I remember when I lost my dad, I was trying at the age of 19, to be strong for my mother, and my grandmother. Trying to hold that kind of pain in can be very harmful. That's why I still come to this site 40 years later. My mom, nor his mom are no longer with us. So the kind words from another officer's mom, and wife, meant so much to me. I don't just salute you Officer Lasater, I salute your family also. May God bless and keep you.

Michael L Williams
1957

July 19, 2018

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