Officer Leonard Leon Kolodziej

Officer Leonard Leon Kolodziej

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Wednesday, September 4, 1991

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Leonard Leon Kolodziej

Officer Kolodziej. 43, was shot and killed by a man who sprayed a residential street with gunfire from a high-powered weapon at 4300 N. 20th Street. He was the first on the scene.

The suspect then held police at bay for more than five hours before they stormed the house and found the suspect dead.

Officer Kolodziej, who served 19 years on the force and was 10 months from retirement, is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, three stepdaughters, a stepson, his mother, and seven grandchildren.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 2387

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

active shooter

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My Dearest Pops,
Here we are again. 28 years have passed and you are missed as much now as when I first lost you. This year has been one of the hardest and brought a difficultly that I wasn't expecting so soon. Losing another sibling so unexpectedly, the last sibling I grew up with, the last one with your name, has been tough. I believe in my heart that when Ron crossed over, you and Marty were there to greet him. Though I am deeply saddened to have lost the three of you, I find some comfort in believing you are all together. I miss you so very much. I carry your heart in my heart, always. I love you forever!

Kate Kolodziej-Delafield

September 4, 2019

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