Deputy Sheriff Lawrence "Mike" Lavieri

Deputy Sheriff Lawrence "Mike" Lavieri

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, March 19, 1983

Lawrence "Mike" Lavieri

Deputy Mike Lavieri was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to a gas station to investigate a suspicious person.

Deputy Lavieri located the man inside a car and began to question him. During the questioning the suspect opened fire, wounding Deputy Lavieri's partner. Deputy Lavieri then chased the suspect into a home a half a block away where the two exchanged shots. Deputy Lavieri was seriously wounded in the exchange, with a gunshot to the face. Deputy Lavieri was transported to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds.

The suspect was taken into custody after a mob of angry citizens restrained him. The man was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 30 years to life.

Deputy Lavieri had been employed with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 16 years.

Bio

  • Age 38
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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We stood next to each other in class 109, in morning formation. Later we both worked Lennox and Carson Patrol. You were a good cop and a good man. It has been a long time. I was in New Hampshire when you were murdered. I heard of it about a year later.

Sgt. Carter Laurie
LASD

November 8, 2017

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