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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My brother Pat was a patrolman with the Wayne Police Department during that tragic time. Words fall FAR short in describing the grief that I observed on the part of my brother and his brethren . Later, I would come to know that grief, far too often, as a police officer with the Miami-Dade Police Department. Today, in retirement, I realize that these tragedies served to steel our resolve in the face of an often impossible mission. LEONARD ANDERSON'S courageous service will continue to act as an example for today's crime fighters. LEONARD ANDERSON'S courageous service is a template for HONOR, COURAGE and SERVICE BEYOND SELF. r. i. p., ''LENNY''

(Retired) Police Officer Greg Kral
Miami-Dade (County, FL) Police Department

December 31, 2016

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