Detective Roy Fordyce

Detective Roy Fordyce

Spokane Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Wednesday, November 13, 1929

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Roy Fordyce

Detective Roy Fordyce was shot and killed while attempting to question two juveniles. Detective Fordyce and another detective had trailed the two from a local store where they had just purchased a gun. As they stopped the suspects one opened fire killing Detective Fordyce. The shooter was shot and wounded. Both were arrested.

It was later discovered the 16-year-old shooter was wanted in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for several hold-ups in which two men were shot. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in Walla Walla Penitentiary. On July 13, 1933, he stabbed a fellow inmate to death. On September 21, 1951, he was paroled.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Paroled in 1951

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 82nd 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

November 13, 2011

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