Chief of Police Ernest Joseph Leatherbury, Sr.

Chief of Police Ernest Joseph Leatherbury, Sr.

Crisfield Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Friday, February 21, 2003

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Ernest Joseph Leatherbury, Sr.

Chief of Police Ernest Leatherbury suffered a fatal heart attack at 5:30 pm, approximately one hour after helping other officers subdue a suspect in front of the police station.

The suspect who had been arrested for assault refused to go into the station and had to be forced inside by the chief and other officers. Chief Leatherbury collapsed at a meeting approximately one hour after the incident.

Chief Leatherbury had served with the Crisfield Police Department for six years and had previously served with the Maryland State Police for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, three sons, five grandchildren, and nine siblings.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 31 years
  • Badge Chief

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

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Chief Leatherbury,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Crisfield. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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