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Policeman Leo Wise | Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles Police Department, California


Leo Wise

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, March 17, 1957

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: Not available

Badge # 5298

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1961

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Policeman Leo Wise was shot and killed by a man while trying to break up a bar room brawl. The suspect was arrested a short time later. Police said the suspect may have never been arrested if it were not for the help of four Mexican nationals who helped chase down the suspect and identified him.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and executed in San Quentin's gas chamber on July 12, 1961.

Policeman Wise was survived by four children.

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Thank you for your service to the City of Los Angeles and being part of the storied history of University Division. I worked Southwest Division (formerly University Division) over 25 years ago and I saw all of the memorial photos in the front lobby. I am proud to walk in your footsteps as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department and hopefully be half of the street cop that you were. Rest In Peace brother... KMA-367

Sergeant R. Alvarez
Los Angeles Police Department
April 7, 2015


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