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Special Agent Leroy E. Halbert, Jr. | United States Army Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. Government United States Army Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. Government

Special Agent

Leroy E. Halbert, Jr.

United States Army Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Thursday, December 31, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Overseas

Weapon: Rifle; M-16

Offender: Shot and killed

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Special Agent Leroy Halbert was shot and killed in the Khanh Hoa province of Vietnam while attempting to question several soldiers who had reportedly drawn their weapons on an MP several days earlier, and who had cut another MP.

He and another agent had gone to a village in search of the soldiers who were known to frequent a local bar. They arrived at the bar to find it closed, and as they talked to the proprietor's daughter the soldiers drove up.

As the soldiers exited their truck one of them confronted the other agent, jammed the barrel of his M-16 rifle in the agent's stomach, and yelled that he was going to kill him. During the ensuing struggle over the rifle, the agent was able to pull out his sidearm and shot the suspect. During this time Agent Halbert was engaged in a struggle with three other soldiers. Agent Halbert was disarmed and two of the soldiers were pointing weapons at him.

The other agent shot one of the soldiers just has the soldier shot Agent Halbert in the head. A passing GI was flagged down and transported Agent Halbert to a hospital, where he succumbed to his wound. The other agent also took one of the wounded suspects to the hospital, where he also died.

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I was also CID Agent and Leroy Halberts partner the night of the murder. I was assigned as duty investigator and Leroy was assigned with another Agent the night of this tragedy. I overheard the original radio call while at 630 MP station doing paperwork from the crimes that came in that night. I to worked on the search in Sou Chin for the killers. Members of a Transportation BN as I remember.

I was the Agent who carried the 45 cal Thompson most of the time. After service on went on to a 32 year Law Enforcement Career. Our assignments were just the luck of the draw at the time. I have survivors guilt to this day about this matter. I tried to contact members of family or friends but never able to do so. Leroy is buried with his father in California. He was a gentle giant, I will never forget.

Brian Jones, thanks for the help that terrible night. 630 MP and 218th MP always had our backs!

Phil Presnell CID Agent
Michigan Dept Of Attorney General
October 11, 2013

 

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