The Tacoma Police Department marked a sad anniversary Sunday – the 30-year anniversary of the slaying of officer Larry Leland Frost.
The night of Sept. 9, 1977, Frost responded to the Food King Store at 3510 S. 56th St. A brick had been thrown through the businesses window, according to Tacoma police.
Frost located a suspect at South 64th Street and South Tacoma Way. While trying to arrest David Ace Milford, the suspect struck Frost. They struggled to the ground and Milford got Frost’s gun from his holster.
Frost was shot several times and died. Milford stripped off his clothes as he ran from the scene. He was found lying naked in a parking lot two blocks away. He was found insane and committed to a mental hospital.
Frost joined the Tacoma Police Department on March 30, 1970. He spent the next seven years in patrol.
A park at South 9th and Commerce was dedicated to Frost’s memory.