Patrolman Leroy W. Wade

Patrolman Leroy W. Wade

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, January 23, 1928

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Leroy W. Wade

Patrolman Leroy Wade was shot and killed from ambush by a fellow officer who was under the mistaken belief that Officer Wade was having an affair with his wife.

The other officer called police headquarters and requested that Officer Wade assist him regarding an ongoing robbery investigation. When Patrolman Wade arrived at 5th Avenue and Sunbury Road, the officer confronted him and shot him in the abdomen.

The officer who shot him was charged with first-degree murder but was found not guilty due to mental insanity. He was subsequently committed to a state hospital.

Patrolman Wade was survived by one child.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 324

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed


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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Leroy W. Wade of the Columbus Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 78 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

January 23, 2022

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