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Detective Charles Douglas Heinrich | El Paso Police Department, Texas El Paso Police Department, Texas

Detective

Charles Douglas Heinrich

El Paso Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, August 29, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/3/1983

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Detective Heinrich succumbed to a gunshot wound received two years earlier after he and his partner stopped to talk to a man on the street. The partner had recognized the man as a person he had arrested before on weapons charges. As they exited their patrol car the man started to walk away. When they started to walk towards him he turned and fired a .22 caliber handgun at them, striking Detective Heinrich in the head. He was transported to a local hospital where he remained in a coma until his death. The suspect was sentenced to life in prison.
Detective Heinrich had just been named Detective of the Year and was survived by his wife and six-year-old son.

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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 28th 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
April 20, 2013

 

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