Chief of Detectives Jessie Laster

Chief of Detectives Jessie Laster

Joplin Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Monday, August 23, 1926

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Jessie Laster

Chief Laster was shot and killed by a bootlegger. Chief Laster was on his way home with his family when an armed bootlegger who thought the Chief’s car was occupied by other bootleggers trying to move in on his territory stopped his vehicle. When the suspect identified the driver as a Police Chief he shot and killed Chief Laster.

A few weeks later a man being sentenced to 15 years in prison for another crime in Missouri confessed to killing Chief Laster. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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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 87th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged 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.

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

April 11, 2013

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