Incident DetailsCause of Death:
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.
The 38-year-old inmate is serving a 195-year sentence for a drug-related, triple murder committed in Marion County in 2002. No additional charges were filed in the incident involving Correctional Lieutenant Lasco.
Correctional Lieutenant Lasco, from La Porte, is 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.
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• Correctional Lieutenant Lasco is the first of four Indiana line of duty deaths in 2021.
This memorial honors an officer whose eligibility has been preliminarily determined to meet the criteria of a line of duty death.