Police Officer Alonzo Marshall, Jr.

Police Officer Alonzo Marshall, Jr.

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, September 1, 1971

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Alonzo Marshall, Jr.

Officer Marshall was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two men who had just robbed a store belonging to his brother-in-law.

Officer Marshall had just left the store around 5:45 p.m. when his brother-in-law came running out behind two men and yelled "Help, they robbed me." As Officer Marshall and his brother-in-law chased the suspects an exchange of gunfire ensued and Officer Marshall was shot once in the chest. A bystander was shot in the leg. A getaway car was waiting for the suspects but Officer Marshall's brother-in-law blew out the rear tires with his rifle as they tried to drive away. The suspects along with the driver then fled on foot.

One of the suspects was arrested a short time later. The other suspect was captured two weeks later when he was found hiding under a pile of clothes in the closet of his apartment. Two other men and a 15-year-old boy were arrested and charged in connection with Officer Marshall's murder and the robbery.

Officer Marshall, a U.S. Air Force veteran, had served with the agency for 2 years. He was survived by his son.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 3751
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

arrest, robbery

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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 42nd anniversary year 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 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
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

August 13, 2013

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