Police Officer Alvin Phippenney

Police Officer Alvin Phippenney

Pueblo Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Monday, June 30, 1879

Alvin Phippenney

Police Officer Alvin Phippenney was shot and killed while struggling with an intoxicated man at a local saloon.

The man had been causing a disturbance in the saloon and Officer Phippenney was called to break it up. As he tried to arrest the man they began to struggle and fell into the street. The subject shot Officer Phippenney in the back, causing a fatal wound. The subject was also shot and wounded before being taken into custody.

A friend of the subject helped him escape from jail one week later and neither man was ever captured.

Officer Phippenney was a widower and was survived by several children. He was scheduled to be remarried later in the day.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 3 weeks
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Never apprehended

Most Recent Reflection

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We cannot fully honor our heroes of the present without paying tribute to our heroes of the past, Your heroism and service is honored today, the 136th anniversary year 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 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

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

August 6, 2015

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