Chief Special Agent Dean L. McLaughlin

Chief Special Agent Dean L. McLaughlin

Union Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Wednesday, April 6, 1977

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Dean L. McLaughlin

Chief Special Agent Dean McLaughlin was shot and killed by a subordinate officer in Denver, Colorado.

The officer held a grudge against Chief Special Agent McLaughlin over a wage dispute. The officer ambushed him in the parking lot outside of the Union Pacific Building and shot opened fire with a shotgun as Chief Special Agent McLaughlin sat in his car.

The man was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Chief Special Agent McLaughlin had been with the Union Pacific Railroad Police for 36 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

He had just been elected as president of the Colorado Law Enforcement Officers' Association prior to his murder.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 36 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Colorado
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 35th 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 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.

I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today.

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

April 7, 2012

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