Captain Leide William DeFusco

Captain Leide William DeFusco

Pueblo County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Friday, August 31, 2012

Leide William DeFusco

Captain Leide DeFusco was killed in an airplane crash as he and John Barger, a retired Pueblo Police Department captain, searched for marijuana grows in the Wet Mountains.

A narcotics task force had raided two large marijuana plantations in the area two weeks earlier and the two were searching for additional growths nearby when radio contact was lost at approximately 9:30 am. A rescue team located the smoldering wreckage of the Piper Super Cruiser in rugged terrain in the San Isabel National Forest, approximately five miles below St. Charles Peak, in Custer County.

Mr. Barger was an experienced pilot who provided flight services to local law enforcement agencies.

Captain DeFusco had served in law enforcement for a total of 22 years. He had previously served with the Pueblo Police Department. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Bio

  • Age 43
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Unit 7

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 17, 2018

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