Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 14 years
Badge # 310
Cause: Vehicular assault
Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Offender: Denied parole in 2004
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.