Chief of Police James Clare Lounsberry

Chief of Police James Clare Lounsberry

Marlette Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, January 19, 1986

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James Clare Lounsberry

Chief of Police James Lounsberry succumbed to injuries sustained 10 days earlier in a vehicle crash caused by a hit-and-run driver.

He was transporting a citizen to a local hospital during a period of heavy snow. A vehicle traveling the opposite direction attempted to pass a tractor-trailer on the shoulder but struck the trailer. The collision caused the semi to veer into the oncoming lane of traffic and strike Chief Lounsberry's patrol car head-on.

The citizen he was driving to the hospital was killed in the crash. He suffered serious injuries and died 10 days later.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the semi fled the scene and was never identified.

Chief Lounsberry was a U.S. Army veteran and had served in law enforcement for over 20 years. He was survived by his two children and six grandchildren.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Thursday, January 9, 1986
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender At large

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 26th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered.. I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you for I know the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 19, 2012

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