Officer Lanny "Skip" Stevenson

Officer Lanny "Skip" Stevenson

Fresno Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, December 8, 1979

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Lanny "Skip" Stevenson

Officer Skip Stevenson was shot and killed after he broke an argument between another off-duty officer and a man at a party at 1228 P Street in Fresno. As the two officers left the party the suspect opened fire, killing Officer Stevenson.

The suspect, 25, was arrested four hours later and charged with murder. On June 26, 1980, he was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 17 years to life.

Officer Stevenson had served with the Fresno Police Department for six months. He was survived by his son, father, mother, brother, and sister.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, December 7, 1979
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

disturbance, off duty

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I’ve wanted to leave you and your family a note for years. I met you when I was seeing Greg. You were finishing up school and then became an officer. I remember when Greg called to tell me what happened to you. He took me to see your mom, then you at the funeral home. I still don’t believe it. I kept thinking Greg was next because awesome people seem to be taken early. I haven’t seen Greg for years but I know he’s still with us and, as long as he is, a part of you and that time in our lives is with us also. There will always be a special place in my heart and in my thoughts for you. I’m so proud to have met you. I send your family the warmest and most sincere thoughts.


March 4, 2023

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