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Officer Leonard Leon Kolodziej | Phoenix Police Department, Arizona Phoenix Police Department, Arizona


Leonard Leon Kolodziej

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 4, 1991

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 19 years

Badge # 2387

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/4/1991

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Committed suicide

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Officer Kolodziej was shot and killed by a man who sprayed a residential street with gunfire from a high powered weapon. The suspect then held police at bay for over five hours before they stormed the house and found the suspect dead. Officer Kolodziej was 43 years old and is survived by his wife, two sons, daughter, three stepdaughters, stepson, mother and seven grandchildren.

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I remember being the desk aide working the desk at Squaw Peak on 3rd shift and Officer Kolodziej bringing in his off duty radio on his way home. He always had on a plaid flannel type shirt to cover his police uniform. He worked off duty jobs to make ends meet like so many officers do. I have thought about him many times over the years. He was a dedicated police officer and family man. Always spoke proudly of his children. The world lost a good man when he was gunned down. RIP Officer Kolodziej!

E. Scott, retired dispatcher
Phx PD
May 9, 2014


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