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Deputy Sheriff Leonard R. Clarke | Rockingham County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina Rockingham County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff

Leonard R. Clarke

Rockingham County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 9, 1938

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 30 years

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Deputy Leonard Clarke was shot and killed as he attempted to serve a warrant on a man wanted for assaulting his wife in Spray, North Carolina.

When Deputy Clarke attempted to serve the warrant, the man threatened to shoot him or anyone else who came into the home. As a result of the threat, Deputy Clarke returned to the station for assistance.

He and two other deputies returned to the home to serve the warrant a second time. When Deputy Clarke entered the door, the suspect shot and killed him. The suspect was then taken into custody. He was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Deputy Clarke had served with the Rockingham County Sheriff's Department for 4 years, and was assigned as an officer to the Spray area. He was survived by his wife, brother, and two sisters.

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Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06
March 9, 2010


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