Sergeant Joseph Eugene LeClaire, Jr.

Sergeant Joseph Eugene LeClaire, Jr.

Pennsylvania First Judicial District Warrant Unit, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, March 19, 2004

Joseph Eugene LeClaire, Jr.

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.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 20
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Joe was my first partner at the warrant unit. He was tough but fare. A fearless leader who led by example. You became my mentor my father figure but what I'm most proud of is you became my friend. You've taught me so much in the time I got to share with you. Ive tried throughout these 14 years to share your knowledge and teaching with others I hope that ive done you proud. Rest easy my friend you will never be forgotten.

wsu investigator #349 mike barishek
wsu/partner and Co worker

March 19, 2018

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