I subscribe to a website called Police Link and as part of that, I get Line of Duty Death Notifications in my email box on an extremely way-too-frequent basis. This is the one I got today and this is why I worry not just about Patrol Officers but Sergeants, Lieutenants, and on up. As a police officer, you are never out of danger no matter how high your rank.
Rest in peace, Chief Lacy; and to anyone and everyone out there who serves the public in an emergency capacity - from police to fire to EMS to our military - take care and stay safe. Please.
Chief of Police Randy Lacy
Clay City Police Department
End of Watch: Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tour of Duty: 23 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: In custody
Chief Lacy was shot and killed by a prisoner who was sitting in the back seat of his patrol car.
Chief Lacy was transporting a suspect that had been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. The prisoner was able to produce a gun and shot the chief in the back of the head.
The suspect was taken into custody following the shooting.
Chief Lacy had served as a law enforcement officer for 23 years, and had served as the Chief of Police in Clay City for three years.