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Private John William Leatherbury, Jr. | Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

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John William Leatherbury, Jr.

Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Thursday, March 21, 1968

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Aircraft accident

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Private John Leatherbury was killed in a police helicopter accident while assisting officers who were searching a bank building that had been found with an open door.

The Hughes 300 helicopter was hovering over the bank when its main rotor blades struck power lines and crashed onto a parking deck at Iverson Mall. Private Leatherbury and the civilian pilot were both killed instantly.

The police department was leasing the helicopter for a three week period as it evaluated whether or not to start a helicopter unit.

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