Tuesday, November 1, 2011
PAROLE ALERT: Cop Killer Lawrence Merola
DO NOT grant parole to Lawrence Merola, inmate #13971. The inmate's cold blooded and violent murder of Lieutenant David Kraxner in 1966, and his 253 prison conduct violations since then, should preclude any consideration for parole.
As you are likely aware, inmate #13971 is also responsible for murdering a citizen of Missouri and shooting a correctional officer during an escape attempt.
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Independence Police Department, Missouri
End of Watch: Monday, October 31, 1966
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: October 31, 1966
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Sentenced to life
Lieutenant David Kraxner was shot and killed while conducting a felony traffic stop on an escaped convict who shot a prison guard while being transported for trial. The suspect then murdered a citizen and stole his car.
Lieutenant Kraxner located the vehicle and began a felony traffic stop but was immediately met with gunfire. Both he and the suspect were wounded in the shootout. The suspect was able to walk to Lieutenant Kraxner's vehicle, gained control of his service weapon, and then shot him execution style.
The suspect was apprehended later in the morning and pleaded guilty in order to avoid the death penalty. He was subsequently sentenced to life in prison.
Lieutenant Kraxner was survived by his wife and children.