Patrol Officer Larry Leland Frost

Patrol Officer Larry Leland Frost

Tacoma Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Friday, September 9, 1977

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Larry Leland Frost

Officer Frost was shot and killed with his own weapon after responding to a vandalism call.

A man, 38, had thrown a brick through a Food King window. A struggle ensued between Officer Frost and the suspect. The man gained control of Officer Frost's revolver and shot him five times.

The suspect was arrested a short distance away. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to a Western State Hospital and two years later to Eastern State Hospital. On July 29, 1981, he was released to a campus house off of hospital grounds where he could come and go freely and work in Spokane. Less than two years later, he moved to a home in Spokane, where he remains under intensive probation for the remainder of his life.

Officer Frost had served with the Tacoma Police Department for 7 years. He was survived by his son and daughter.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Committed


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I remember this case very well. The murderer was able to garner sympathy because he had just had had his colon removed and had to wear a colostomy bag. Unbelievable he set free.

John wright

January 4, 2023

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