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 had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 16 years.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

stolen vehicle, suspicious person

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To Mike's family, we will never forget his ultimate sacrifice and service. RIP. To Doug and your family, we remember your heroic action and service. Ultimately God will be the judge for the criminal involved.

Deputy Sheriff Los Angeles
County Sheriff

March 19, 2021

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