Deputy Sheriff Joseph Law, Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Law, Sr.

Cook County Sheriff's Office - Department of Court Services, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, September 21, 1974

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Joseph Law, Sr.

Deputy Joseph Law was shot and killed while attempting to take action during an off-duty robbery in his apartment building at 4845 South Federal Street in Chicago.

Deputy Law and another man were confronted in an elevator by three armed suspects. Deputy Law was shot in the chest as he attempted to draw his weapon. The suspects fled the scene with Deputy Law's handgun and $3 from the other victim.

The suspect who shot Deputy Law was sentenced to 100 to 300 years in prison.

Deputy Law had served with the Cook County Sheriff's Office for 19 years.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, September 20, 1974
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 100 years

off duty, robbery

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to my home state and the birthplace of my son. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

September 21, 2012

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