Detective Amber Joy Leist

Detective Amber Joy Leist

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, January 12, 2020

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Amber Joy Leist

Detective Amber Leist was struck and killed by a vehicle at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Whitsett Avenue in Los Angeles at 11:05 am.

She was off duty when she observed an elderly woman fall in the roadway while attempting to cross at the intersection. Detective Leist immediately stopped her vehicle and assisted the woman off of the roadway in order to prevent the citizen from being struck. As Detective Leist returned to her car she was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

Detective Leist had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 12 years. She is survived by her two sons.

Bio

  • Age 41
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

off duty

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Amber was killed in the line of duty.

To the Leist family, fellow officers, and all who call Amber beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support. I know that that you will receive that same kind of support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Detective Leist gave to her community and the citizens of California and for the supreme sacrifice she and her family made on January 12, 2020.

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February 14, 2020

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