Sergeant Roger L. Motley

Sergeant Roger L. Motley

Opelika Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Monday, October 4, 1993

Roger L. Motley

Sergeant Motley was shot and killed after being notified that a child in the parking lot needed help while he was picking up supplies at a local store. Sergeant Motley located an adult male and the child in a car in the parking lot. As he approached the vehicle the man pulled out a firearm and exchanged gunfire with Sergeant Motley. Both men were wounded in the exchange.

Sergeant Motley took cover in his patrol car and put out an emergency broadcast as his car rolled through the parking lot. The man's female companion, who was on a pay phone at the time of the initial shooting, approached Sergeant Motley's patrol car and shot him several more times. Sergeant Motley was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. Both suspects were convicted and sentenced to death. The female suspect was executed on May 10, 2002, and the male suspect was executed on August 4, 2005.

Sergeant Motley had served with the agency for 18 years. He survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Both executed

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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 20th 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.

I pray for solace for all that call you beloved and your family is in my heart's embrace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

September 12, 2013

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