Deputy Sheriff Leland E. Roper

Deputy Sheriff Leland E. Roper

Fayette County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, July 22, 1949

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Leland E. Roper

Deputy Roper was shot and killed as he and another deputy were conducting a check of a local picnic grounds. Both deputies were fired upon by a man who was hiding behind a nearby car. Deputy Roper was shot and fatally wounded.

A man, 35, was arrested and sentenced to life. He said he was innocent so his motive is unknown. Ballistics markings from the bullet that killed Deputy Roper matched bullets removed from a pistol found in the suspect's home.

Deputy Roper was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 62
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Thank you for your service and today we remind you and your family that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your LE brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 22, 2020

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