Patrolman Leo Bajerski

Patrolman Leo Bajerski

Lancaster Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, October 31, 1933

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Leo Bajerski

Patrolman Leo Bajerski succumbed to a gunshot wound when he was shot while attempting to repossess a car at a garage on Transit Road in Depew at 6 pm.

He had gone to a garage, at the intersection of Transit Road and West Terrace Boulevard in Depew, with several other officers to enforce the court order. The owner of the shop told the officers he would get the keys from his office. While the officers were waiting, the owner fired one round from a shotgun, striking Patrolman Bajerski in the head. The man committed suicide after exchanging shots with other officers.

Patrolman Bajerski was transported to the hospital, where he died from his wound the next day.

Patrolman Bajerski was a United States Army World War I veteran and had served with the Lancaster Police Department for almost two years. He was survived by his wife, two young children, father, mother, three brothers, and three sisters.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 1 year, 11 months
  • Badge 2
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, October 30, 1933
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Dear Grandpa,

Your granddaughter, Debbie, sent me a photograph of your headstone. Your monument is nicely maintained and there are 2 flags: one American and one, I'm guessing, from the Lancaster NY PD.
I wonder if there's a way to post a photo here.

When I saw your birth year, I realized that it was possible that my children could have met their great-grandpa. Your death has had a series of consequence upon our family for years. One direct result of your death had a severe impact upon your son--my Dad. As a result, my children knew their Grandpa as an invalid.

I truly hope that certain issues and attitudes in our country will be positively resolved. I don't want to get involved in the socio/political rhetoric of recent history. For me and my family, I can only relate on a personal basis. In my lifetime, I would like to see a reduction in violent deaths directed at personnel who are serving our country in any capacity. There have been too many wars fought since the "World War" etched on your cemetery stone.
Serve and protect: Protect Everyone.

With endearing and enduring love ❤️

Tomorrow is Independence Day 2023

Audrey Bajerski Houser,
Off. Leo W. Bajerski, 10/31/1933
Lancaster NY Police Department
US Army Veteran, WW I

July 3, 2023

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