Special Agent Richard Joseph Saba

Special Agent Richard Joseph Saba

Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Friday, October 11, 1974

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Richard Joseph Saba

Special Agent Richard Saba was shot and killed while conducting surveillance in East St. Louis, Illinois.

A stakeout of suspected boxcar burglars along the tracks on South 17th Street was being conducting by eight railroad detectives. At 10:15 pm, as Special Agent Saba reported on his radio that he had spotted a group of suspects near the idling freight train, the other detectives heard a gunshot. Special Agent Saba was found, shot in the head, and pronounced dead at the scene.

One 20-year-old suspect was taken into custody and four other men were held for questioning.

Special Agent Saba had served with the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Police Department for six years.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Illinois
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Apprehended

larceny, stakeout

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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 39th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged 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 officer Larry Lasater

November 9, 2013

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