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Sergeant Joseph Eugene LeClaire, Jr. | Pennsylvania First Judicial District Warrant Unit, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania First Judicial District Warrant Unit, Pennsylvania


Joseph Eugene LeClaire, Jr.

Pennsylvania First Judicial District Warrant Unit, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Friday, March 19, 2004

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 20

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Sergeant Joseph LeClaire was shot and killed when he and two other court officers attempted to serve a warrant on the 4900 block of Stenton Avenue on a suspect wanted for failing to appear in court.

The officers arrived at the suspect's residence at 1:42 am and were admitted into the apartment by a female. When the officers entered the residence, the wanted man opened fire, striking Sergeant LeClaire in the head and stomach. One of the other officers was shot in the stomach and the third was shot in the hand.

At least one of the other officers was able to return fire and wounded the suspect as he attempted to flee. The man was taken into custody a short time later. Sergeant LeClaire was transported to Albert Einstein University Hospital where he was pronounced dead approximately 2 hours later.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death March 13, 2006.

Sergeant LeClaire was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had been assigned to the Court of Common Pleas for nine years. He is survived by his wife and two grown children.

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Wow 13 years now and yet it still feels like yesterday. Nathan is getting so very big grandpa Joe you would be so very proud of him. He is a very very smart little boy. And Brandon is getting so smart he wants to be a officer just like his late grandpa. Porsche or grandpa Porsche is such a beautiful little girl. And RJ what can I say about him. He's a spitting image of our late uncle Ricky. You and uncle Ricky keep and eye on all the precious great grandbabies you have now grandpa. I miss you every day and love you

Kami Lynn day
May 10, 2017


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