Sergeant Leonard M. Todd

Sergeant Leonard M. Todd

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, January 16, 1974

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Leonard M. Todd

Sergeant Leonard Todd and Police Officer Edward Pakula were shot and killed after responding to a call of a barricaded gunman.

As soon as they arrived at the gunman's home at 14021 Mayfield Street, they were met with a hail of bullets. Two other officers were seriously wounded before the suspect was talked into giving himself up. The suspect had been under psychiatric care for several months and was found with more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

The suspect pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder and was sentenced to 40 to 80 years on June 4, 1974. He died in prison on June 27, 1975.

Sergeant Todd had served with the Detroit Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and and child.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge S-1084

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; M-1
  • Offender Sentenced to 40-80 years

mentally ill

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Sgt. Todd,
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 Detroit. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States BorderPatrol(Retired)

January 16, 2024

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