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Officer Shawn Leinen | Denver Police Department, Colorado Denver Police Department, Colorado


Shawn Leinen

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch: Saturday, February 25, 1995

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Shawn Leinen was shot and killed while in a foot chase of a juvenile subject whom he had observed breaking into a car.

Officer Leinen was in the process of taking a shots fired call when he made the observation. He chased the youth into a dead end when the boy turned and fired, striking him in the chest. The rounds were stopped by his vest but knocked him down and stunned him. The youth then stood over Officer Leinen and shot him in the head.

Witnesses heard Officer Leinen shout at the youth "Don't do it man!" before being shot. On September 1st, 1995, the suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Leinen was a veteran of the Wyoming Air National Guard and served with the Denver Police Department for three years. He was survived by his expectant wife.

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Shawn I served with you in the WY ARNG, a solid soldier and a good person. Still miss you.

ryan roylance
April 30, 2016


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