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Detective Captain LeRoy Joseph Geach | Reno Police Department, Nevada Reno Police Department, Nevada

Detective Captain

LeRoy Joseph Geach

Reno Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch: Saturday, November 8, 1947

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 56

Tour: 12 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Executed in 1949

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Captain Geach and Sergeant Allen Glass were shot and killed while attempting to question a burglary suspect in a hotel room on Sierra Street. The officers, along with two other detectives, had gone to the hotel to question the men. When the knocked on the door they were met with resistance by one of the suspects but were able to disarm him. Sergeant Glass and Captain Geach then went to the bedroom where they located a second suspect in the bed.

As Captain Geach removed the blanket the suspect immediately opened fire, striking both officers. One of the other officers returned fire, wounding the suspect, who was then taken into custody. He was convicted of the murders, sentenced to death, and executed on April 22, 1949.

Captain Geach had been with the agency for 12 years and was survived by his wife and two sons.

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End of Watch: Saturday, November 8, 1947
Cause: Gunfire

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I have laid down my life in service to all of you.
I have been a part of the fabric that has held the line between your safety and your victimization. I have given my life so that others may live in peace. I have lived my life as a dedicated member of the greatest profession. There is no greater honor.

As I now become a part of the rich history of law enforcement, please remember me always for I have left behind those who loved and depended upon me.
My partners and my agency, please remember my family, their loss, and don’t let time soften your compassion for them.

You guard the gate now and I will continue my watch from above.


Doug Gist, Captain (ret) Washoe SO
Silver State National Peace Officers Museum
May 9, 2013


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