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Chief Inspector Fred Boucher | Michigan Department of Corrections, Michigan Michigan Department of Corrections, Michigan

Chief Inspector

Fred Boucher

Michigan Department of Corrections, Michigan

End of Watch: Sunday, November 5, 1939

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 56

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Chief Inspector Fred Boucher was killed while trying to stop an escape attempt by six prisoners at the State Prison of Southern Michigan.

Inspector Boucher was inside the prison when he was alerted to the attempt. Using a rope and a bent piece of pipe, six prisoners had climbed a wall and ran to a waiting automobile. Holding a revolver, Inspector Boucher rushed out and spotted the car being driven away from the facility. He ran to the car and shouted for the prisoners to surrender. One of the prisoners in the car fired a shotgun out the window. Inspector Boucher was hit in his side and died instantly.

All of the prisoners were quickly captured. The 26-year-old gunman, serving a life sentence, was convicted of murder and received another life sentence. The other five were also convicted of murder and had 25 to 35 years added to their sentences.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 73rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
November 5, 2011

 

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