Deputy Sheriff Leon Alexander Bernard

Deputy Sheriff Leon Alexander Bernard

Polk County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, April 9, 1963

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Leon Alexander Bernard

Deputy Bernard was shot and killed while following two armed robbery suspects. Deputy Bernard was an off-duty jailer when he observed the robbery of a Bartow Finance Company and began following the vehicle. The vehicle stopped near Lake Garfield and the passenger confronted Deputy Bernard and shot him.

The suspects, a man and his wife both 37, and parents of six children, were arrested an hour later and charged with murder. The man was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.

Bio

  • Age 51
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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This was my grandpa that was killed when I was just 2 years old. My grandma never remarried and loved him to her death.

Terrie
Grand daughter

February 3, 2021

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