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Policeman Leo Clinton Shonrock | Hardin Police Department, Montana Hardin Police Department, Montana

Policeman

Leo Clinton Shonrock

Hardin Police Department, Montana

End of Watch: Saturday, August 30, 1947

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Sentenced to 18 months

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Policeman Leo Shonrock was struck and killed by a vehicle, being pursued by state troopers, while manning a roadblock on a bridge.

A vehicle occupied by a family of five was approaching the roadblock when the suspect rearended them at a high rate of speed. The impact sent their car crashing into Policeman Shonrock's patrol car, as he was getting out, crushing him against the bridge. The gasoline tank exploded on the family car killing three. A state trooper suffered burns as he pulled the other two from the car.

The suspect was convicted of four counts of manslaughter and sentenced to 18 months in prison.

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Policeman Shonrock, I can only hope that the suspect never finished his sentence and never left that prison. The above description doesn't give details and that's fine. What information is given is horrible enough.

As you are a hero, on this 67th anniversary of that fateful day, I believe that you are resting comfortably and in peace. God Bless; you have NOT been forgotten.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
August 30, 2014

 

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