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Chief of Police Leonard E. Cross | Cotton Plant Police Department, Arkansas Cotton Plant Police Department, Arkansas

Chief of Police

Leonard E. Cross

Cotton Plant Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch: Friday, July 13, 1984

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life imprisonment

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Chief Leonard Cross and Officer Roy Leon were shot and killed after stopping a juvenile on a stolen motorcycle.

During the ensuing struggle, the suspect gained control of Chief Cross' weapon and shot both officers. The juvenile offender was captured, convicted, and sentenced to two life sentences without the possibility of parole.

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Police Officer Roy L. Leon, Jr.
Cotton Plant Police Department, Arkansas
End of Watch: Friday, July 13, 1984
Cause: Gunfire

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You are still remember and the pain is still as fresh. I was 18 years old when I lost my brother and my best friend, Officer Roy Leon, Jr. He and chief Leonard Cross were very pride of the work and protection that they provided to the town of Cotton Plant. And I will always be proud of them both.

Cynthia Diana Leon
Sister to Officer Roy Leon, Jr.
September 5, 2014

 

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