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's 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.

The suspect, 27, was sent to prison. On April 3, 1975, he was charged with aiding and abetting in another inmates escape. The inmate was serving a life term for the murder of Trooper Steven DeVries on October 12, 1972.

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


  • Age 23
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

suicide attempt

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Officer Anderson,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Wayne. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

May 25, 2024

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