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Deputy Sheriff Walter John Leinberger | Yolo County Sheriff's Office, California Yolo County Sheriff's Office, California

Deputy Sheriff

Walter John Leinberger

Yolo County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch: Thursday, November 18, 1943

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Leinberger was shot and killed while serving a warrant on a man in the Broderick area of the county. As Deputy Leinberger, who was accompanied by his wife, approached the cabin the suspect burst out and opened fire, fatally wounding him. Deputy Leinberger's wife picked up his gun and fired at the suspect six times, striking him in the arm twice. The suspect was later shot and killed in a shootout with Sacramento authorities.

In 1991 the county's new minimum security jail was named in Deputy Leinberger's honor.

Deputy Leinberger was survived by his wife and son.

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What an amazing and tragic story. Your poor wife. To have witnessed your murder and to have had to fire at the suspect (from what I have read, the first time she ever fired a gun), and to have struck him twice. I'm glad your fellow officer finished him off so that she did not have to go through the extra trauma of living through his trial. RIP sir and thank you for your service.

Sergeant #3917
March 7, 2014


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