Officer Rene G. Lacau

Officer Rene G. Lacau

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, April 15, 1969

Rene G. Lacau

Officer Rene Lacau suffered a fatal heart attack while struggling with a violent subject after responding to a vehicle tampering call on Golden Gate Avenue, between Van Ness Avenue and Polk Street.

The suspect was later subdued by four other officers. He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Officer Lacau was a WWII veteran and had served with the San Francisco Police Department for 19 years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, parents and brother.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Convicted of manslaughter

Most Recent Reflection

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Thinking of you today on the 49th anniversary of your death. Yesterday I took one of your grandsons on a driving tour past the house and the neighborhood where I grew up. It was bittersweet. I wish that you had lived longer so that I could have known you as an adult and so that you could have known your grandchildren. You would have loved them ❤️ You will always be my hero. I love you!

Michelle Renee Lacau Lippert

April 15, 2018

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