Deputy Sheriff John Warren Liebenstein

Deputy Sheriff John Warren Liebenstein

Rice County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Friday, May 3, 1996

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John Warren Liebenstein

Deputy John Liebenstein was killed by a vehicle that rammed his patrol car at 90 mph during a pursuit. Deputy Liebenstein was blocking an interstate ramp so the car, which was being driven by a 17-year-old, could not exit the interstate. The juvenile was taken into custody after being treated at a local hospital. He was convicted of first-degree murder and was given a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Deputy Liebenstein had served with the agency for 9 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 40
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 115

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Apprehended

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Dad,
I miss you. We all miss you.
I tell the kids about you but they don't understand yet. I wish I didn't have to tell them. They know you are in heaven and they will meet you one day.
I wish I could remember what a hug from you felt like. Love you.

Your Daughter
Liebenstein Family

May 3, 2021

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