Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 4 years, 11 months, 13 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: 8th District - Chicago Lawn

District of Incident (Present Day): 008 - Chicago Lawn

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy

Age at Time of Death: 32

Timeline


Date of Birth: 6/21/1990

Date of Appointment: 3/16/2018

Date of Incident: 3/1/2023

End of Watch: 3/1/2023

Date of Interment: 09 Mar 2023

 

Interment Details


 Cemetery: Does Not Apply
 Grave Location: With Family
 Interment Disposition: Cremated

 

Memorial Details


Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Ceremony Pending

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Ceremony Pending

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 31-E-34

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 31-E-34

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed

 

Service


 Military Service: Did Not Serve

 

Incident & Biographic Details


Police Officer Andrés Mauricio Vásquez Lasso, Star #7649, aged 32 years, was a 4 year, 11 month, 13 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 8th District – Chicago Lawn.

On March 1, 2023, at approximately 4:43 p.m., Officer Vásquez Lasso and his partner responded to a domestic-related call about a man chasing a woman down the street with a gun on the 5200 block of South Spaulding Avenue. The responding officers observed Steven S. Montano, age 18, of 2545 South Lawndale Avenue, fleeing from the scene on foot. They exited their squad car in an attempt to stop Montano, giving chase. They were able to engage with Montano as he continued to flee from the officers. At 4:52 p.m., Montano opened fire on Officer Vásquez Lasso at 5217 South Spaulding Avenue striking him multiple times. Mortally wounded, Officer Vásquez Lasso was able to return fire striking Montano several times. Officer Vásquez Lasso was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital by CFD Ambulance #8 where he was pronounced dead on arrival by Dr. Chang at 5:28 a.m. on March 1, 2023.

The offender, Steven S. Montano was placed into custody on scene and was transported to Cook County Hospital by CFD Ambulance #69. Montano’s handgun was recovered on scene.

Officer Vásquez Lasso was waked at Blake Lamb Funeral Home, located at 4727 W. 103rd Street, Oak Lawn, IL. His funeral mass was held on March 9, 2023 at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, located at 7740 S. Western Avenue.

Police Officer Andrés Mauricio Vásquez Lasso, born June 23, 1990, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on March 16, 2018. He attended the Jackson Street Police Academy and was issued Star #7649 on October 5, 2018. Officer Vasquez Lasso earned 1 Attendance Recognition Award, 1 2019 Crime Reduction Ribbon, 4 Honorable Mentions and 3 Emblems of Recognition for Physical Fitness during his career.

Officer Vásquez Lasso was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Milena Estepa; mother, Rocio Lasso; sister, Carolina Vasquez and niece Alejandra Guevara.

Incident Recorded Under Chicago Police Department RD #JG170543 Homicide First Degree and JG170751 Law Enforcement Related Death.

On September 7, 2023, Officer Vásquez Lasso’s star was retired by Interim Superintendent Fred L. Waller and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

On March 2, 2024, the 3600 block of West Marquette Road was dedicated as “Honorary Officer Andres M. Vasquez Lasso Road.” One brown honorary street sign was erected. The sign was located on the Southeast corner of Marquette Road and Lawndale Avenue in the heart of the West Lawn community where Officer Vásquez Lasso served.