Police Officer Derrick Lanier

Police Officer Derrick Lanier

Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, March 2, 1996

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Derrick Lanier

Police Officer Derrick Lanier was shot and killed while working an overtime assignment at a club at 9600 Madison Avenue.

Two men whom he had escorted out of the club returned to the scene and opened fire. Officer Lanier attempted to draw his weapon but was shot in the head three times before he had an opportunity to do so.

According to two witnesses, Officer Lanier pushed them to the ground, and out of the way the gunshots as his final act, saving their lives.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

secondary employment

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I was in the academy. We worked multiple clubs as I headed “loss Prevention”. I remember Terry King coming into our Academy class Early Saturday morning as he could barely contain himself. He broke the news to new recruits and it got real for real for us as you were to be laid to rest. All they had to do was leave the club and you could have left and went home. It’s funny how I’m writing this all of these years later as CNHA detective June another childhood friend Just left hear two days ago from a pandemic called coronavirus. But you know that already. Don’t you? I pray you’re resting comfortably under a tree eating grapes and talking with Jesus.

Jeff Turner
CMHA Special Police Officer 1

January 11, 2021

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