Detective Albert Theodore Lorch

Detective Albert Theodore Lorch

Allegheny County Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, October 1, 1943

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Albert Theodore Lorch

Detective Albert Lorch was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a burglary suspect on Ruthaven Street in Pittsburgh.

Detective Lorch was accompanying two Shaler Township police officers in searching for the suspect. When they located him the man began struggling with Detective Lorch. The man disarmed him and then shot him several times, killing him.

The 35-year-old suspect had recently been released from prison after serving 12 years for armed robbery. Ten days later he was shot and killed by detectives in Pittsburgh.

Detective Lorch is buried at Birmingham Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

warrant service

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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 70th 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 26, 2013

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