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 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 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 a 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.

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

Deputy Lavieri had been employed 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

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I'm sorry I was the last person to talk to Sgt . Lavieri ! I was the nursery owner Javier Gonzales that chased the suspect in March 19 , 1983 to the front of the house ! Where Mike jumped out of the van that brought him there already wounded and the lady babysitting came out of the side of the house to my arms next to the both us in front of the house with the suspect in the house !! I was the one that that went after the suspect with the gun and tackeled suspect in the alley and apprehended him by myself after he shot Mike with nobody around me but myself ! I feel very sorry he killed Mike and for his family ! God Bless Sgt. Mike Lavieri !

Javier Gonzales
private citzen/ caregiver

March 20, 2020

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