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Sergeant James Martin Leach | Kansas City Police Department, Missouri Kansas City Police Department, Missouri


James Martin Leach

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Saturday, May 2, 1992

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 14 years

Badge # 310

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Denied parole in 2004

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Sergeant James Leach was killed when he was struck by a drunk driver as he was blocking a street filled with pedestrian traffic in Westport. The driver fled the scene, was involved in a second accident during a pursuit, and then attempted to flee on foot but was arrested.

The suspect was convicted of Sergeant Leach's murder, two counts of second degree murder, and two counts of armed criminal action. He was subsequently sentenced to serve two life terms. He was denied parole in 2004.

Sergeant Leach had served with the Kansas City Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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Jim was my older brother and a pretty cool one at that. When he was killed on May 2nd, which is also our mother's birthday, it was very devastating. I remember during the process of the funeral, there were so many people that had a story to tell us about him! And with Jimmy, they were usually funny! There was an estimated 5000 people to attend his funeral and you have no idea what that meant to us as a family! It wasn't just officers, which they came from all over, but the amount of civilians that came as well and my brother had touched their lives in some sort of way!

I miss him daily! I love you bro!

From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank each of you that left a message on here! I didn't know about this page until today or I would have left a message for everyone long ago.

Again, Thank you all!

Michael Leach
May 2, 2016


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