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Police Officer Leonard R. Lesnieski | Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

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Leonard R. Lesnieski

Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 19, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 16 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Leonard Lesnieski and Officer Rosario Collura were shot and killed when they interrupted a drug deal while on patrol. They observed four men in an alley and stopped to question them. They had patted down three of the suspects and were patting down the fourth suspect when the man produced a gun and shot both officers in the chest. The suspect fled but was later apprehended.

The suspect was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to two life terms. On November 16, 2010, he received an additional 40 years for attacking and seriously injuring two correctional officers with a hammer.

Officer Lesnieski had been with the agency for 16 years.

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Police Officer Rosario Joseph Collura
Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin
End of Watch: Tuesday, March 19, 1985
Cause: Gunfire

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I will never forget Ross, just don't know what to say. What a outstanding man he was. I will never forget him Hero's never die and are never forgotten.

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