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Public Safety Officer Keith Lawrence | University of Southern California Department of Public Safety, California University of Southern California Department of Public Safety, California

Public Safety Officer

Keith Lawrence

University of Southern California Department of Public Safety, California

End of Watch: Sunday, February 3, 2013

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Offender: Committed suicide

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Public Safety Officer Keith Lawrence was shot and killed along with his fiancee, Monica Quan, by a former police officer who was seeking revenge against law enforcement officers for being fired. The subject ambushed them as they pulled into a parking spot at their apartment complex in Irvine, California. Both were shot multiple times with a 9mm handgun.

The subject had been fired from the Los Angeles Police Department several years earlier and was seeking revenge against members of the Los Angeles Police Department who had been involved with his personnel case. Ms. Quan's father had represented the subject in his personnel review hearings prior to his being fired.

Prior to ambushing Officer Lawrence and Ms. Quan, the subject the researched their backgrounds and was aware of Officer Lawrence's employment as a police officer.

Several days after their murders, the subject engaged in a shootout with members of the LAPD who were protecting an individual believed to be targeted by the man. Immediately following the shootout, the subject ambushed and murdered Police Officer Michael Crain, of the Riverside Police Department. He then fled to San Bernardino County, where he remained at large for several days.

After being located, he engaged officers in a prolonged gun battle in which Detective Jeremiah MacKay, of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office, was shot and killed. The subject committed suicide after the cabin he was barricaded in became engulfed in flames.

Officer Lawrence had served with the University of Southern California Department of Public Safety for six months. He and Ms. Quan had become engaged only days earlier.

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Police Officer Michael Daniel Crain
Riverside Police Department, California
End of Watch: Thursday, February 7, 2013
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Detective Jeremiah Alan MacKay
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End of Watch: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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RIP Keith Lawrence. I used to play basketball with him and his older brother, Kevin, at Glenwood Park in Moorpark, CA in the early 1990s. Their Dad would sometimes play too. Might have been the coolest group of guys I've ever met. Keith was always so upbeat and friendly. It's also no surprise that he got really good at basketball...like really good. And that he went in Law Enforcement. A good dude. The good ones do seem to be taken too soon. And he was a good one. No doubt.

Michael Hoeft
An old childhood friend
February 6, 2017

 

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