Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Lawrence "Mike" Lavieri

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, March 19, 1983

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Lawrence "Mike" Lavieri

To Mike's family, we will never forget his ultimate sacrifice and service. RIP. To Doug and your family, we remember your heroic action and service. Ultimately God will be the judge for the criminal involved.

Deputy Sheriff Los Angeles
County Sheriff

March 19, 2021

Mike ~ Here I am again ... this date forever burned into my heart & memory. The past 2 “anniversaries” have been “easier” in that at least we know the man who took you from us is no longer breathing~ a right he lost on March 19, 1983 when he took your last one away. Seems impossible it’s been 38 years when the floodgates open its yesterday. God in His infinite grace & mercy has blessed me with a wonderful family but there will never be a day pass you are forgotten and in remembering it is always with love.

Family Jane Xx
LASO

March 19, 2021

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

March 19, 2021

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

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

Deputy Lavieri: Thanks for your service and sacrifice. There is no doubt you were an exceptional peace officer and fought until the end. Your death is still felt today and your partner Dep. Doug Smith still obviously agonizes over what occurred but it's good to hear he is doing well. He sounds like he was a great partner as well. You honor our profession and your family and agency can always hold their head high knowing you were one of the best our country could offer. Words are sometimes hallow but your deeds are not--you died doing what great cops do--protecting your partner and trying catching an evil doer.

Jim Lopeym Asst. Sheriff (ret)
Washoe County Sheriff (Reno)

March 19, 2020

37 years ago today we lost you. Sometimes it still feels like yesterday. Always remembered~forever loved xx Jane

Family Jane Xx
LASO

March 19, 2020

Doug,
So glad to hear you are doing well. I came here to share the same information.
While our courts of justice here failed us, he has now had to face his ultimate
judge and for the first time accept responsibility.
Nothing will bring Mike back or restore all you have lost, but such a relief to
no longer have to work about the Parole Board and the possibility of his release.
Much Love to you and yours
Jane (Landry)

Jane

March 25, 2019

I received a letter from corrections on March 18, 2019 informing me that Lionel Henry passed away on March 11, 2019. I have to say I am relieved because for 36 years the concern of this man being released has weighed on me. My life has been affected physically everyday since he shot me and killed Mike. I feel fortunate that I have had a good life with my wife and son. Now I am enjoying being a grandfather. I regret that Mike did not have the same opportunity.
Wanted to let all of you know.

Deputy Doug Smith
Partner shot in the same shooting

March 20, 2019

Hopefully Jane and Mikes family are already aware of this, but Lionel Henry died last week. While this was a tragic day for Jane, the Lavieri family, my dad and our family and all of LASO, at least Lionel spent life in prison and never saw freedom.

Brian Smith
Doug Smith’s son

March 20, 2019

I am heartsick. I cannot believe the Parole Board actually granted your murderer release. 35 years ... 35 years without you with no possibility of return but he gets released? Tears ... sad tears / angry tears ... tears

Jane

July 30, 2018

35 years.... never forgotten ~ forever loved

Jane

March 19, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are honored and remembered on the 35th anniversary of your EOW. Thank you for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

March 19, 2018

My beloved cousin Mickey. Grandpa, Aunt Lucia, are gone but I carry on the family love for you. Always.

Rev. R. Vincent Lavieri
Cousin

March 19, 2018

Mike,
It was a difficult day to work patrol that day in Carson 35 years ago as a young deputy. A day I will never forget.
On March 18th of this year it will be my honor to run the L.A. Marathon dedicated to your memory. It should be less difficult than that day 35 years ago. But at least I'm still here to feel the pain...

Dave Vega
Retired LASD

March 14, 2018

Happy Birthday... 35 years since you celebrated here with us and not a day goes by you’re not missed and loved

Jane

March 3, 2018

We stood next to each other in class 109, in morning formation. Later we both worked Lennox and Carson Patrol. You were a good cop and a good man. It has been a long time. I was in New Hampshire when you were murdered. I heard of it about a year later.

Sgt. Carter Laurie
LASD

November 8, 2017

Mickey - love ya, cousin.

Vince

Rev. R. Vincent Lavieri
cousin

March 19, 2017

I hope to see many of Mike's friends on Tuesday, September 27th in Carson. God Bless you all.
Jane

Jane Marstell

September 23, 2016

The City of Carson will be remembering Deputy Lavieri's ultimate sacrifice at a ceremony and a memorial will be unveiled in September, 2016. Please contact me for more information. LAHistoryWriter at gmail dot com.

Joseph Walker
Co-worker

September 7, 2016

I worked PM shift at Carson that day. I was assigned crime scene security and I'll never forget how it effected me. Later that same shift, after everything wrapped up, I went on patrol. Contacted a suspicious doper in a car. He exited the car and began reaching behind his back to his waistband area. I yelled several times at him to show his hands as I drew my handgun and applied pressure on the trigger. Not wanting to be the next day's headlines re: "trigger happy deputy shoots suspect the same day a deputy was killed," I held my fire and the idiot (who turned out to be unarmed) lived. Although Mike was gone, I believe he save the doper's life.

LASD retired
LASD Carson, 1981-1984

May 1, 2016

33 years.

Mike,

Still amazes me you have been gone longer than I had been alive at the time you were taken from us
You were memorialized on Face Book today...
something that would be very foreign to you...
(Gosh... to think you never had a cell phone or lap top!)
but very touching that there are still many out there that remember... and many more now know about you.
Love and Miss you always

J xo

March 19, 2016

Mickey, I will always represent for you.

Vince
cousin

March 19, 2016

Thinking of you today.... your birthday.
Memories of celebrating your last one just days before you were taken from us.

Love and miss you always <3

J

March 3, 2016

Thinking of you today.... your birthday.
Memories of celebrating your last one just days before you were taken from us.

Love and miss you always <3

J

March 3, 2016

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