Policeman Leo Wise

Policeman Leo Wise

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, March 17, 1957

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Leo Wise

Policeman Leo Wise was shot and killed by a man while trying to break up a bar room brawl. The suspect was arrested a short time later. Police said the suspect may have never been arrested if it were not for the help of four Mexican nationals who helped chase down the suspect and identified him.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and executed in San Quentin's gas chamber on July 12, 1961.

Policeman Wise was a U.S Coast Guard veteran of WWII and had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for nine years. He was survived by his wife, and four children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 5298
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1961

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I acknowledge and appreciate the your commitment to serve, knowing the dangers, knowing the risks. I reflect on the liberty and the freedom I have as a citizen and now as a recruit. I am embarking on a life path that will be plagued with unknown threats but will honor your memory and all those on the Memorial Wall.

I aim to be as courageous and inspiring as you were. To sacrifice my personal safety to protect the citizenry and give them comfort, console their fears of danger, remind them there are people out there who will stand in the face of danger to stop crime and protect life. I shall never forget this opportunity I have to reflect on the life of an officer and what it means to me.

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April 4, 2019

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