Detective Samuel Lowry Minser

Detective Samuel Lowry Minser

Indiana County Detective Bureau, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, March 19, 1918

Samuel Lowry Minser

Detective Samuel Minser succumbed to injuries sustained on March 2nd, 1918, while conducting an investigation in Lucerne Mines, Pennsylvania.

He and a deputy had gone to the town in disguise in an attempt to obtain evidence involving an illegal speakeasy. After checking several houses, they entered a fourth house where a party was being held. Detective Minser was recognized and knocked unconscious when he struck on the back of the head with a heavy object.

He was located in a field the following morning and taken to Indiana Hospital. The injuries caused complications to a preexisting medical condition and he died as a result on March 19th, 1918.

Detective Minser had served with the Indiana County Detective Bureau for 10 months. He was survived by his wife and seven children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Saturday, March 2, 1918
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Not available

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We cannot fully honor our heroes of today without acknowledging and honoring our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 97th anniversary year 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD

November 6, 2015

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