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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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Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo
May 3, 2017


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