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Patrolman Leon s Gooding | Charleston County Police Department, South Carolina Charleston County Police Department, South Carolina

Patrolman

Leon s Gooding

Charleston County Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Saturday, March 27, 1948

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Committed

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Patrolman Leon Gooding was shot and killed after he and his partner arrested a man on the John Island railroad tracks who had escaped from the South Carolina state mental hospital a month earlier.

They confiscated a rifle from the man but failed to locate a .22 caliber pistol. As the officers drove the man to jail he produced the pistol and shot both officers, killing Patrolman Gooding. The 30-year-old suspect, declared insane, was committed and never tried.

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