Flags were at half-mast on both the HSC and University Park campuses last week to commemorate the death of Investigator Charles Lazzaretto, the Glendale detective killed on May 28 when he went inside a warehouse to pursue a man suspected of beating his girlfriend.
The 30-year-old detective was the son-in-law of Department of Public Safety Deputy Chief Robert Taylor. His survivors include Chief Taylor’s daughter, Annamaria Lazzaretto, and two young grandsons, Andrew Charles, 3, and Matthew Robert, 2.
“Laz,” as he was called by his colleagues, was known as an avid reader with hobbies that ranged from computers to scuba diving, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was often commended by judges and prosecutors for his meticulous work.
He was the first Glendale Police Department officer to die on duty in 25 years. Two Los Angeles police officers were also wounded in the eight-hour standoff and shootout.
A fund has been set up for Det. Lazzaretto’s children through the Glendale Police Department. The address is “Charles Lazzaretto Fund,” c/o Glendale Police Officers Association, P.O. Box 245, Glendale, CA 91209.