Assistant Chief of Police Thomas Krokoski

Assistant Chief of Police Thomas Krokoski

Luzerne Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, September 25, 1929

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Thomas Krokoski

Assistant Chief of Police Thomas Krokoski was shot and mortally wounded in the early morning hours of September 24th, 1929, as he and two other officers were attempting to arrest a man who had just burglarized three houses in the borough.

A witness observed the man running down Union Street toward Wyoming Avenue and alerted the officers. The officers split up as they started searching the lumber yard at the intersection of Factory Street and Union Street and Assistant Chief Krokoski located him hiding behind a stack of lumber. A violent struggle ensued in which the man shot Assistant Chief Krokoski at close range and then fled.

One of the other officers emptied his revolver at the fleeing criminal, but because of the dense fog, he did not know if any of his shots hit the man.

An intensive investigation involving state police, county detectives, and local officers was initiated. On October 4th, 1929, a man from nearby Wilkes-Barre was arrested for the shooting of Assistant Chief Krokoski. Investigation showed he had been shot in the shoulder by the other officer while fleeing from the scene and had sought treatment from a local physician.

The investigation also revealed he was involved in numerous other crimes including murder. He was convicted on November 21st, 1929, and sentenced to death. He was subsequently executed on June 12th, 1930.

Assistant Chief Krokoski had served on the Luzerne Borough Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, September 24, 1929
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1930


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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 84th 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 Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

August 7, 2013

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