Patrolman Robert W. Probst

Patrolman Robert W. Probst

Lock Haven Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, August 22, 1934

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Robert W. Probst

Patrolman Probst was shot and killed as he and a private security detective investigated a suspicious sound from the rear of a building on Main Street, near Fallon Alley. As Patrolman Probst walked down a darkened alley a suspect shot him in the back twice, then fled.

The suspect then exchanged shots with the private detective and another responding officer, but was able to escape. The suspect, and an accomplice, were eventually apprehended. The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. He was denied parole in 1953.

Patrolman Probst had served with the Lock Haven Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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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 79th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first 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 Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

March 25, 2013

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