Police Officer Larry Elwood Lasater, Jr.

Police Officer Larry Elwood Lasater, Jr.

Pittsburg Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, April 24, 2005

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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

arrest attempt

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Thank you, Officer Lasater.
With sincere gratitude, I thank you for serving the town of Pittsburg and putting yourself and potentially your own Family in harms way to preserve the quality of life in the people of that town. Such an Honor to have you, a God given Hero who grew in grace with a sense of duty to serve your Country and lead Men
and Women into a war zone in to fight the war on terrorism, then shortly after YOU serve along with my Heros as a part of the Pittsburg Police Department.

To know that YOUR boots walked through the City of Pittsburg as a Police Officer during a crucial time is an honor.

I send lots of love and sincere gratitude to your children, your wife, your Family and to those you serve, who you fight in combat for and whom/all that you stand for.

God bless you all,

Mr. SP

Mr. Parras

April 11, 2024

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