Patrolman John Mueller Sellers

Patrolman John Mueller Sellers

Pinole Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, July 24, 1972

John Mueller Sellers

Patrolman John Sellers was shot and killed when he responded to a disturbance at a local tavern.

A patron who was involved in an altercation with another patron pulled a pistol and shot the officer as he intervened.

The 69-year-old suspect was found not guilty by reason of insanity on February 6th, 1973.

Patrolman Sellers had served with the Pinole Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not guilty by reason of insanity

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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 42nd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged 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.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I hope to one day meet members of your family at a Nor Cal COPS function.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 17, 2013

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