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Officer Rene G. Lacau | San Francisco Police Department, California San Francisco Police Department, California

Officer

Rene G. Lacau

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 15, 1969

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 19 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Person

Offender: Convicted of manslaughter

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Officer Rene Lacau suffered a fatal heart attack while struggling with a violent subject after responding to a vehicle tampering call on Golden Gate Avenue, between Van Ness Avenue and Polk Street.

The suspect was later subdued by four other officers. He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Officer Lacau was a WWII veteran and had served with the San Francisco Police Department for 19 years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, parents and brother.

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In world war II my brother in law and Rene served together and were the closest of buddies. As a teenager, as I was shipping out, I was given tour of San Francisco by Rene and his wife. That was 1954. Never to be forgotten..

Earl "Corky",Cline
August 2, 2016

 

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