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Special Agent Pete Earl Lackey | Illinois Bureau of Investigation, Illinois Illinois Bureau of Investigation, Illinois

Special Agent

Pete Earl Lackey

Illinois Bureau of Investigation, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, November 27, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Acquitted

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Special Agent Pete Lackey's throat was slashed as he was on his way to work in Springfield. Agent Lackey was to testify at a drug trial that morning.

The defendant in the case spotted him driving toward the city and ambushed him. To get Agent Lackey to stop, the man rammed his car into the rear of the agent's automobile. Agent Lackey pulled over to the shoulder of the road and the attacker jumped through the passenger side window with a large hunting knife in his hand. As Agent Lackey attempted to reach for his weapon his assailant slit his throat.

A group of nurses saw the beginning of the struggle as they were driving past the scene. They turned their car around and went back to see if they could help. In the brief time it took them to return the killer fled and Special Agent Lackey had died.

The man was later arrested and brought to trial in Decatur, but was acquitted. In 1981 the killer admitted his crime in an interview with a reporter from Springfield's "State Journal Register." A chronic drug abuser, the killer died in a psychiatric hospital.

Special Agent Lackey had served with the Illinois Bureau of Investigation for two years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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Great man! Great undercover cop! We worked together in IBI-- Pete well respected among his peers! Few people know that about a year before his murder, he and fellow agent had to dive thru a closed window in old farm house in Dixon, Ill to escape capture and certain death at hands of heroin addicts who had "made" the two agents and were holding them at gunpoint. I was thereand know how close they came to being killed! Happened on 12-1-1971. I think of you often my friend.

Squad leader, Tony Woodall
Illinois Bureau of Investigation
August 15, 2017


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