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Patrolman Richard Coldren | Leavenworth Police Department, Kansas Leavenworth Police Department, Kansas

Patrolman

Richard Coldren

Leavenworth Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 19, 1957

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Coldren was shot and killed while he and another officer attempted to arrest a man on a trespassing warrant. When they located the man he led them on a short pursuit. After stopping he opened fire on the officers, mortally wounding Patrolman Coldren. Patrolman Coldren was able to return fire and kill the suspect.

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I was a block away from the site where Dick Coldren was shot and killed. It was near Immaculate Conception Grade School and all the children were out on the playground when this occurred. Officer Coldren was friends with my father Curtis LeCuru and Dick used to give my brother, Jon and I, a ride home from the Hollywood Theater in Leavenworth, so we would be safe. I had a crush on him because he was so good looking, I recall. I looked up to him and respected him so much. I knew he had a wife and children, but never got to meet them. He and another officer stopped a station wagon containing 2 occupants which they suspected was involved in a robbery as the back of the car was full of TV's and electronic equipment. I believe the other officer's name was Gaston. As Ofc. Coldren approached the suspect vehicle the driver shot Ofc. Coldren several times in his chest and little finger, killing him instantly. The suspects were apprehended at a later time. I still think of him and him family, I admired him so much for his friendliness and professionalism. Send him and his family prayers all the time.

Retired Code Enforcement Dept.
Leesburg, FL Police Dept.
January 19, 2017

 

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