Police Officer Fatally Shot In Northampton County

FREEMANSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A police officer in a small eastern Pennsylvania borough was shot and killed while investigating a report of a disturbance Thursday evening and authorities said a suspect was in custody.

Officer Robert Lasso, 31, a seven-year veteran, was investigating a report of a disturbance in Freemansburg, about 45 miles north of Philadelphia, when he was shot, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said at a news conference in Bethlehem on Thursday night.

A suspect was in custody but had not yet been charged, Morganelli said.

“When a law enforcement officer goes down in the line of duty like this, it affects all of us,” Morganelli said. “The law enforcement community is a fraternity. … It’s like a punch in the stomach.”

Investigators said they were still sorting through exactly what happened when Lasso, who was married with two young children, went to the residence on a domestic call.

When he got to the home, police said, he was confronted and shot. He was taken to the hospital where he died from the gunshot wound a short time later, according to the coroner. An autopsy is set for Friday.

The Morning Call of Allentown reports that Lasso was the son of borough Councilman Donald Lasso, a longtime member of the fire department and its former chief.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • bev

    Wow, i have been in tense situations where i have owned viciuos dogs and had physical confrontations with cops to keep the dogs from being shot…..
    gotta be talking can’t just shot first and ask later it doesnt work that way…

  • Nathan Kolton

    He tried to shoot the man’s dogs so he got what he deserved…I don’t blame the “suspect”.

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    […] Terrible. Freemansburg is about 50 miles north of Philly. The Northampton County district attorney says a police officer who was shot while investigating a disturbance in an eastern Pennsylvania town has died. Authorities say the shooting happened in Freemansburg, Pa., around 5:15 p.m. Thursday. DA John Morganelli says a suspect is in custody, but he has not yet been charged. […]

  • Lara Sodomin

    We just bought a house from the Lasso’s father. We just moved in the town in May. How tragic to have happened in a town where literally everyone knows everyone. Prayers and thoughts to the family.

  • lid

    he passed around 7:30 pm.

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