Deputy Sheriff Lawrence "Mike" Lavieri

Deputy Sheriff Lawrence "Mike" Lavieri

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, March 19, 1983

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Lawrence "Mike" Lavieri

Deputy Sheriff Mike Lavieri was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to a gas station to investigate a suspicious person.

Deputy Lavieri located the man inside a stolen car and began to question him. During the questioning, the suspect opened fire, wounding Deputy Lavieri's partner. Deputy Lavieri then chased the suspect into a home a half-block away, where the two exchanged shots. Deputy Lavieri was seriously wounded in the exchange, with a gunshot to the face. Deputy Lavieri was transported to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he succumbed to his wounds. His partner, seriously wounded, recovered.

The suspect was taken into custody after a mob of angry citizens restrained him. The man, 35, was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 30 years to life.

Deputy Lavieri was a United States Army veteran and had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 16 years. He was survived by his father, mother, sister, and girlfriend.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

stolen vehicle, suspicious person

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Doug and Brian Smith, I followed Lionel Henry’s parole hearings and was so relieved when Gov Brown overrode the last parole decision. And five years ago when Henry died - so many emotions, one being gratitude that the State of California let me know. Doug, I have never known what to say to you, but I have kept you in prayer. 41 years ago today and the tears still come. I am the last person alive who calls him Mickey, there are only three of us left who shares the same grandparents but the other two never knew him. My/our grandfather loved Mickey so much and as along as I live, I will continue with that love, for my cousin, and those who were a part of his life and the good people in his death.

J: and for you always: thanks and much love and appreciation.

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