Officer Larry Eugene Quinn

Officer Larry Eugene Quinn

DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, February 4, 1973

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Larry Eugene Quinn

Officer Larry Quinn was intentionally struck by a vehicle being operated by an escaped prisoner who was fleeing from several police officers in a high speed chase that began in Norcross. Officer Quinn was armed with his shotgun and positioned outside his patrol vehicle awaiting the arrival of the suspect vehicle at the intersection of Buford Highway and Briarwood Road. When the suspect saw the officer, he drove his vehicle into the officer, killing him. The car he had stolen was found wrecked two miles away.

The 18-year-old suspect had recently escaped from the Georgia Industrial Institute near Alto where he was serving a seven year term for burglary. The next day he shot and killed a 59-year-old woman at a liquor store she managed near Griffin as he robbed her. A week later he was captured by an Elbert County Deputy Sheriff near Elberton when he saw the suspect walking on Highway 72.

The suspect was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to two life terms. He was released in 1993. In 1996 he walked into a skating rink in Winter Haven, Florida, and shot and killed a man who was dating his ex-girlfriend. He shot him in the face with a shotgun as he begged for his life in front of several terrified children. Responding officers chased him for 50 minutes through Bartow, Mulberry, and Lakeland where he stopped his car and opened fire on eight deputies, wounding one. As the deputies returned fire he shot and killed himself.

Officer Quinn had served with the agency for 2-1/2 years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Released in 1993


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I love you Daddy! You are dearly missed every single day. I see so much of you in the grandchildren you never got to meet but through them you live on in so many beautiful ways!

Kelly "Kiki" Quinn

September 7, 2019

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