Marshal Alonzo Theodore "Lon" Larsen

Marshal Alonzo Theodore "Lon" Larsen

Mount Pleasant Police Department, Utah

End of Watch Monday, October 15, 1945

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Alonzo Theodore "Lon" Larsen

Marshal Alonzo Larsen was shot and killed after being called to a local cafe to deal with an unruly customer. He had removed the customer from the cafe and placed him in the cab of a pickup truck. As he talked to the man's wife the man removed a pistol from the glove box and shot the marshal in the back. He then exited the truck and shot the marshal a second time.

The suspect was arrested and sentenced to life in prison. The suspect died in prison in 1955.

Marshal Larsen was survived by his wife.

Bio

  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Died in prison

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I found this page after searching for Marshal Larsen's story after hearing his tribute in Dragnet episode 7. I listen to Dragnet all the time but this is the first time I ever looked up the officer mentioned at the end of every episode. To be honest I sort of wanted to find out whether those tributes were for real men or just names written for the show. I should have known they were real, given Jack Webb's dedication to law enforcement and realism.

But now I'm glad I've never looked up more of the officers on the tributes because having read more about this story has me crying just thinking about all the tragedies that befall the ones who try to protect their communities.

May the Larsen family be always proud of him, as am I, for doing a job that became deadly that day. And may every officer who reads this know that I thank you all especially at this awful time we are living in right now. My heart aches.

Em Allyn, no rank, not in law enforcemen
My stepbrother is a retired San Diego motorcycle officer

April 25, 2020

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