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Lieutenant Robert L. Dorn | Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

Lieutenant

Robert L. Dorn

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 31, 1965

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/31/1965

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Released from institution

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Lieutenant Dorn was shot and killed by a stranded motorist he had stopped to help. The suspect had been visited recently by deputies inquiring about his delinquent taxes.

Believing that he was about to lose his trailer home, the man jumped out of his truck and began firing without warning, killing Lieutenant Dorn. Despite being mortally wounded, he was able to return and wounded the suspect.

The suspect was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to a mental institution. He was later later released.

Lieutenant Dorn had served with the agency for 10 years. He was survived by his wife, three children, and brother.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 48th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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 Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
April 22, 2013

 

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