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
Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy
Age at Time of Death: 32
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
Cemetery: Does Not Apply
Grave Location: With Family
Interment Disposition: Cremated
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Ceremony Pending
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Ceremony Pending
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Ceremony Pending
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Ceremony Pending
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
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. 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.