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 had served with the Phoenix Police Department for 19 years and was ten months from retirement. He 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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Hi Pop,
Wow! 31 years... yet again it feels like yesterday. So much has happened that I wish I could share with you. In the quite, dark moments of the morning, I hear the world outside moving, as it's just another day for everyone else. For us, time has frozen this day and imprinted it forever in our broken hearts. We soldier on and find other things to occupy our day but the pain lingers like the unwanted passenger in the car. Today is a road trip. We will play good music, have good snacks, enjoy good company and forever keep you in our hearts. I carry your heart, I carry your heart in my heart, forever and always.

Kate Kolodziej-Delafield

September 4, 2022

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