Chief of Police William Lou "Bill" Osborne

Chief of Police William Lou "Bill" Osborne

Martin Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, October 9, 1927

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William Lou "Bill" Osborne

Chief Bill Osborne and his 17-year-old son were shot and killed by a man who was seeking revenge against the chief for a previous shooting. The chief had shot and wounded the suspect's uncle the previous week while attempting to arrest him.

The man went to Chief Osborne's home and opened fire without warning, killing Chief Osborne and mortally wounding his son. Despite the wound, the was able to return fire and fatally shot the suspect.

Chief Osborne was survived by his wife and 12 children.


  • Age 50
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 86th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

It is so tragic that your young son was murdered in this assault on you. My heart aches to think of the sadness your family had to endure. I am sure you are proud that your family, who sacrificed so much, has continued your legacy of protecting and serving.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 6, 2013

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