Patrolman Leslie Lee Potts

Patrolman Leslie Lee Potts

Malvern Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Thursday, April 27, 1933

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Leslie Lee Potts

Patrolman Leslie Potts was shot and killed after responding to the scene where Chief of Police Clyde Davis had just been fatally shot by a subject at a home on Main Street.

Patrolman Potts was off duty and preparing for his son's 10th birthday party when he was notified of the shooting. He knew the suspect and responded to the scene. When he arrived, he encountered the subject holding a .22 caliber rifle. He was able to talk the man into lowering the weapon, but a child on the ground floor ran out of the home, causing a screen door to slam shut.

The noise startled the offender, who raised the rifle and shot Patrolman Potts in the stomach, killing him.

Patrolman Potts was a United States Army WWI veteran. He was survived by his wife, son, and four daughters.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, April 21, 1933
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Patrolman Potts,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not ju st for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War I. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 27, 2023

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