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Officer Leslie William Coffelt | White House Police Force, U.S. Government White House Police Force, U.S. Government

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Leslie William Coffelt

White House Police Force, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Wednesday, November 1, 1950

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 15 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: District of Columbia

Incident Date: 11/1/1950

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Suspect: One killed; One Apprehended

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Officer Leslie Coffelt was shot and killed when two Puerto Rican nationalists attempted to shoot their way into Blair House, the temporary residence of President Harry S. Truman, in Washington, DC.

One of the suspects was shot and killed by Officer Coffelt and the other was caught and sentenced to prison. The suspect who was arrested was pardoned in 1979 after serving only 27 years and was deported to Puerto Rico, where he died in 1994.

Officer Coffelt was a WWII veteran and had served with the White House Police Force for 15 years. He had previously served with the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department from 1929 to 1936 and from 1941 to 1942 . He is survived by his wife and daughter and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

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You are a true hero, sir. You fought through the pain, knowing you were fading from a fatal wound, yet still protected the President and your fellow officers with your last act. Your actions allowed others to live. It is sad you had to give your life. Thank you for your servace to both your country and community. And may God bless you and your family.

Andrew Tarnowicz
December 13, 2014

 

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