Sergeant Leo Jonas Waldinger

Sergeant Leo Jonas Waldinger

Erie Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, November 26, 1949

Leo Jonas Waldinger

Sergeant Leo Waldinger and Patrolman Walter May were shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a hostage taker at the G. Daniel Baldwin Building at 10th and State Streets. An irate WWII veteran had taken a US Veterans Administration director hostage at the location. Sergeant Waldinger, who was off duty but responded to the call anyway, and Patrolman May arrived at the scene at the same time and attempted to persuade the suspect to release the hostage. When the officers saw an opening they attempted to rush the suspect but were both shot and fatally wounded. Both officers were transported to a local hospital where they succumbed to their injuries several days later. The suspect was apprehended and committed to a mental hospital. He died at age 65 on December 16, 1986, at Warren State Hospital.

Sergeant Waldinger had been with the agency for seven years and had previously served with the United States Marine Corps. He was survived by his wife and children.

Bio

  • Age 37
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, November 18, 1949
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed

Hostage, off duty

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Sergeant Leo Jonas Waldinger was my Grandfather my fathers Dad.
He was a very brave man and did leave behind a wife to whom never remarried and 3 children my dad and two daughters. I just want to thank you for starting this tribute and can not wait to pass it on to my dad and my Aunts.

Gretchen Waldinger Staha
San Angelo, TX

Gretchen Staha
Grandaughter

March 27, 2016

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