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Deputy Sheriff Dirk Alan Leonardson | Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff

Dirk Alan Leonardson

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, October 4, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 156

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Deputy Leonardson was accidentally shot and killed by another officer in a case of mistaken identity. Deputy Leonardson was at home when he went outside to investigate suspicious noise in his apartment complex, which had recently been the target of vandals. Deputy Leonardson was carrying his gun when an officer from the Blythe Police Department observed him in a dim light and shot him after mistaking him for an armed criminal.

Deputy Leonardson had been with the agency for two years and was survived by his wife and parents.

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Thirty-six years today. Your still in our thoughts and our hearts my friend. Gone but not forgotten.

David Donowho
Riverside County Sheriff's Department, Retired
October 4, 2016

 

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