Police Officer Leonard John Anderson

Police Officer Leonard John Anderson

Wayne Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, May 25, 1974

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Leonard John Anderson

Officer John Anderson succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained six weeks earlier when he and another officer responded to a suicidal person call.

A female had called the police department and stated her boyfriend was going to kill her and then commit suicide. Officer Anderson arrived on the scene and was shot through the door as the officers knocked on it. The suspect was apprehended after a gunfight with officers.

Officer Anderson had served with the Wayne Police Department for 5 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, April 10, 1974
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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I remember when Lenny first started as a Cadet(?) in Wayne, 1969. He was so enthusiastic. What an asset to the city.

I heard of this death years after it occurred. As a child of a slain Detroit police officer myself, my heart went out to Lennies children. Here it is years later, I still think of them. Blessings.

Michele Matuszewski

Wayne Police

August 31, 2019

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