Patrol Officer Peter Arthur Larsen

Patrol Officer Peter Arthur Larsen

Beloit Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Sunday, November 15, 1998

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Peter Arthur Larsen

Patrol Officer Peter Larsen died of a gunshot wound sustained 14 years earlier when he responded to a kidnapping complaint.

After arriving on the scene the suspect, who was the victim's estranged boyfriend, shot both Officer Larsen and the victim in the head twice. The victim died the following month. Officer Larsen was left a quadriplegic and in a comatose state until his death on November 15th, 1998.

Officer Larsen died at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, where his wife had taken care of him since the shooting. He is buried in Emerald Grove Cemetery, Emerald Grove, Wisconsin.

The subject was convicted of attempted murder and abduction following the initial shooting and was sentenced to 77 years in prison. In April 2000 he committed suicide while incarcerated in Racine.

Officer Larsen had served with the Beloit Police Department for 16 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 23

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, January 4, 1985
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 77 years


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Officer Larsen: Thanks for your faithful and exemplary service to the citizens of Beloit. You obviously fought to the very end. I also voice a special word of gratitude and well deserved respect to your loyal and caring wife who stayed by your side, throughout the long fight for survival. Words cannot convey how much she honored you and our profession.

Jim Lopey, Asst. Sheriff (ret.)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno, Nv.) & NVDPS

November 15, 2022

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