Public Safety Officer Keith Lawrence
University of Southern California Department of Public Safety, California
End of Watch: Sunday, February 3, 2013
Tour of Duty: 6 months
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: February 3, 2013
Weapon Used: Handgun; 9 mm
Suspect Info: Deceased
Agency Contact Information
Chief John Thomas
University of Southern California Department of Public Safety
3667 McClintock Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Phone: (213) 740-6000
Public Safety Officer Keith Lawrence was shot and killed along with his fiancee, Monica Quan, by a former police officer who was seeking revenge against law enforcement officers for being fired. The subject ambushed them as they pulled into a parking spot at their apartment complex in Irvine, California. Both were shot multiple times with a 9mm handgun.
The subject had been fired from the Los Angeles Police Department several years earlier and was seeking revenge against members of the Los Angeles Police Department who had been involved with his personnel case. Ms. Quan’s father had represented the subject in his personnel review hearings prior to his being fired.
Prior to ambushing Officer Lawrence and Ms. Quan, the subject the researched their backgrounds and was aware of Officer Lawrence’s employment as a police officer.
Several days after their murders, the subject engaged in a shootout with members of the LAPD who were protecting an individual believed to be targeted by the man. Immediately following the shootout, the subject ambushed and murdered Police Officer Michael Crain, of the Riverside Police Department. He then fled to San Bernardino County, where he remained at large for several days.
After being located, he engaged officers in a prolonged gun battle in which Detective Jeremiah MacKay, of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed. The subject was later found deceased after the cabin he was barricaded in burned down.
Officer Lawrence had served with the University of Southern California Department of Public Safety for six months. He and Ms. Quan had become engaged only days earlier.
Keith Lawrence loved basketball so much that he would drive miles for a pickup game. But his professional goal was to be a cop.
In August, he was hired as an armed public safety officer at the University of Southern California, where he was praised for his professionalism. Before taking the job, he attended the Ventura County Sheriff’s Academy and trained with Oxnard police.
He grew up playing basketball. As a player in high school and at Concordia University, he was known for his calm, no-drama attitude, even after scoring a half-court basket.
Friends told the Orange County Register that Lawrence was flamboyant in other ways; he loved wearing bright colors, such as neon green and yellow, and loudly played every kind of music from hip-hop to country.
He and Quan were such basketball fans that Lawrence even wanted to propose at a Nike store. His younger brother, Chris, talked him out of it.
Days before their deaths, Lawrence instead scattered rose petals on the floor of their Irvine home, got down on a knee and asked for her hand, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Monica Quan, 28, and her fiance, Keith Lawrence, 27, (both pictured above) were found shot in his car in the parking structure of their Irvine condominium complex on Feb. 3.
Quan was in her second year as assistant women’s basketball coach at California State University, Fullerton – the culmination of her love for the game that began when she was a child.
A standout high school basketball player, Quan once dreamed of playing professionally for the Los Angeles Sparks. She had a reputation for being fiery and intense.
Quan met Lawrence while both were playing basketball at Concordia University in Irvine.
After several coaching jobs, she joined Fullerton, where she was known as “Coach Mo.”
“I loved her work ethic. I loved her passion for life,” head coach Marcia Foster said.
Quan’s father, Randal, was the first Chinese-American captain in the Los Angeles Police Department. Later, as an attorney, he represented Dorner in the officer’s failed appeal of his dismissal to a department Board of Rights.
Dorner allegedly posted an online rant naming Quan and others that says: “I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I’m terminating yours.”