Correctional Lieutenant
Eugene Lee Lasco
Indiana Department of Correction
Sunday, February 21, 2021

Age: 57
Served: 11 years, 4 months
Badge #: 15
Panel 50E, Line 32 (2022)
Panel L16, Line 13 (2021)

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, February 21, 2021
02:40 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
1 Park Row Street, Michigan City
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Edged weapon
Suspect Disposition:
Awaiting trial
(currently incarcerated)
Burial Place:
Graceland Cemetery,
Decatur, Illinois

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   Correctional Lieutenant Eugene Lasco was stabbed to death at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City.

   A correctional sergeant was being attacked and stabbed multiple times by an inmate in a common area of the facility when Correctional Lieutenant Lasco came to his assistance and was also stabbed before the male inmate was subdued by other officers.

   Both officers were transported to Franciscan Health in Michigan City where Correctional Lieutenant Lasco was pronounced dead. The correctional sergeant was seriously injured and later airlifted to Memorial Hospital of South Bend but survived.

   The 38-year-old inmate is serving a 130-year sentence for a drug-related, triple murder committed in 2002 in Marion County. In May 2022, charges were filed in this incident for murder, attempted murder, aggravated battery and possession of a dangerous device while incarcerated.

   Correctional Lieutenant Lasco, from La Porte, was survived by his wife, Cynthia (née Howard); son, Eugene Lee II; daughter, Cassandra Bell; stepsons, Robert (Krystal) Chambers and Joel Chambers; stepdaughter, Rebecca Chambers; nine grandchildren; brothers, Paul and Mitchell; stepbrothers, Wallace Walker, Mikell Walker and Patrick Walker; and stepsisters, Patricia McEwan and Diana (George) Saba.

Military Service

United States Navy

Historical Notes

• Correctional Lieutenant Lasco is the first of eight Indiana line of duty deaths in 2021.
• He is the 16th line of duty death of the Indiana Department of Correction.
• His line of duty death is the 15th that has originated from LaPorte County.

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