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Detective Sergeant Leo Kenneth Fox | Hammond Police Department, Indiana Hammond Police Department, Indiana

Detective Sergeant

Leo Kenneth Fox

Hammond Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 9, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 6 years, 4 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Detective Sergeant Leo Fox was shot and killed when he and several other lawmen went into a building, looking for members of a gang that had robbed a roadhouse in Glen Oak, Illinois, which is now part of Lansing, Illinois, three days earlier. The officers went to the apartment building in Hammond after receiving information that the suspects were located there.

As Detective Sergeant Fox and officers from Hammond and Cook County, Illinois, entered the suspects' apartment, gunfire erupted, and Detective Sergeant Fox was shot and killed by the gang's leader. In the shootout, the gang's leader was also killed and a Hammond detective sergeant, who later became chief, was wounded, as was an officer with the Cook County Sheriff's Police Department. The surviving five gang members, two of whom were seriously wounded, were arrested in the apartment. All five died in prison while serving life sentences.

Detective Sergeant Fox had served with the Hammond Police Department for over six years.

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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 84th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged 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 officer Larry Lasater
November 6, 2013

 

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