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

Officer Peter Larsen died of a gunshot wound received fourteen 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 kidnapping victim twice in the head. The kidnapping victim died the following month. Officer Larsen was left a quadriplegic and in a comatose state until his death in November. Officer Larsen died at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, where his wife had taken care of him after the shooting. Officer Larsen is buried in Emerald Grove Cemetery, Emerald Grove, Wisconsin.

The suspect was sentenced to 77 years in prison for the initial shooting, attempted murder, and kidnapping. In April 2000 he committed suicide while in prison in Racine. Because of this incident, the State of Wisconsin has a new law that states if you attempt to kill a police officer, you will be charged with murder.

Officer Larsen had served with the agency 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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