Patrol Officer Sean Laura

Patrol Officer Sean Laura

Markham Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, September 20, 1997

Sean Laura

Officer Sean Laura was killed when he was struck by a vehicle during a foot chase of a suspect.

Officer Laura was struck by a police vehicle from a neighboring jurisdiction at 7:20 pm. He had stopped a car for a traffic offense and the driver fled on foot. Officer Laura radioed for backup while in foot pursuit and other officers from his department as well as the Harvey Police Department came to assist.

One of the responding patrol cars struck him as he ran into the road from behind a parked car. Officer Laura was pinned underneath the patrol car for several minutes and died a short time later. The suspect was later sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Officer Laura had served with the Markham Police Department for two years. He was survived by his mother.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 516

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

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Dear Sean,
Today makes 21 years you became an angel, this is one of the saddest days of my life. September is a hard month for me I have lost quite a few loved ones this month. I miss you so much I try to keep in touch with everyone its so hard between work & seeing about my Mama, she has cancer. I think about how wonderful you are. How many children would you have. Would your wife love you as much as we do. Our lives are not the same without you. I love you always, Edna

Edna L. Laura cousin
Edna L. Laura cousin

September 20, 2018

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