Master Police Officer Peter J. Lavery

Master Police Officer Peter J. Lavery

Newington Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Thursday, December 30, 2004

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Peter J. Lavery

Master Police Officer Peter Lavery was shot and killed when he responded to a domestic disturbance call on Mountain View Drive in Newington.

During the initial confrontation, Officer Lavery was shot as he entered the basement of a home where the suspect was located. Officer Lavery's partner was able to take the suspect's wife to safety while under fire from the suspect, who was armed with a semi-automatic rifle.

The Newington SWAT team, with the assistance of other area SWAT teams, responded and attempted to negotiate with the suspect, who remained in the basement. After several attempts by the SWAT team to remove him, the man committed suicide.

Officer Lavery was a veteran of the Connecticut National Guard. He had served with the Newington Police Department for 17 years and had previously served 5 years with the Berlin Police Department. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, two sisters, and two brothers, both of whom are retired Newington police officers.

In 2006 a section of New Britain Avenue was renamed Officer Peter Lavery Highway in his honor.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 2523

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Committed suicide


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Thank you for your service Mater Patrol Officer Lavery !!!!!!

Sergeant David Dufault (Ret)
Hartford Police Department
Hartford, CT

March 6, 2024

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