Police Officer John Russell

Police Officer John Russell

Harrodsburg Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, April 25, 1896

John Russell

Police Officer John Russell was shot and killed by a man he was attempting to arrest for being drunk and disruptive on Main Street in front of the Mercer National Bank.

When told he was under arrest, the suspect went for his gun. As Officer Russell tried to subdue him, the suspect shot him. The police chief, who was rushing to assist, barely escaped being shot as he felled the suspect with his cane. He was taken into custody and charged with Officer Russell's murder.


  • Age 60
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

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Your heroism and service is honored today as we approach the 113th anniversary of your death. 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 the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer. He was shot twice when ambushed on April 23rd when he was on a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, 99 years after you were killed.

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

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 25, 2009

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