Police Officer Larry Elwood Lasater, Jr.

Police Officer Larry Elwood Lasater, Jr.

Pittsburg Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, April 24, 2005

Larry Elwood Lasater, Jr.

Police Officer Larry Lasater succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day while attempting to arrest two robbery suspects on the Delta De Anza Regional Trail.

The two suspects had just robbed a supermarket and bank branch and were fleeing from officers when they crashed their vehicle in a residential area. The two then fled onto the trail on foot.

As the officers searched for the suspect, Officer Lasater spotted one of them hiding in the bushes near the trail. As he ordered the suspect out of the bush at gunpoint, the suspect opened fire, striking Officer Lasater in the neck and leg. Other officers returned fire and took the suspect into custody. The second suspect was arrested a short distance away.

Officer Lasater was taken to a local hospital where he remained on life support for two days so that his organs could be donated.

In September 2007 both suspects were convicted of first degree murder. One of the suspects was sentenced to death and the second was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Officer Lasater was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Pittsburg Police Department for 5 years. He was survived by his expectant wife, mother, and brother. His son was born 2 1/2 months after his death.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 257
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, April 23, 2005
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Thirteen years ago at this moment you were probably still sleeping because you worked graveyard the night before. In a few hours you went into work early so that another officer could be at the hospital while his wife was giving birth. You didn't hesitate to go in at all (not that you ever did} because you knew in a few months you may need a fellow officer to fill in for you for that same reason. To our great sorrow, you never came home again and that night ended with you at death's door at a hospital crowded with your family and brothers and sisters in blue. My cherished and beloved son, I have struggled so hard to understand why and realize that understanding will probably allude me until Judgment Day. Continue to watch over us. You know our hearts, all our hearts. You are never forgotten...not for a minute. You are always honored, not just for your hero's death but your hero's life. You are always loved...you are the best part of me. Mom

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

April 23, 2018

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