Police Officer Leo L. Casto, Jr.

Police Officer Leo L. Casto, Jr.

Wayne Township Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, August 23, 1974

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Leo L. Casto, Jr.

Police Officer Leo Casto was accidentally shot and killed by another officer during a shootout at a home on Mystic Drive.

He and other officers had gone to the home to search for a wanted felon from Virginia. The subject, who was hiding in some bushes between two houses, opened fire on the officers, wounding one of them. As Officer Casto rushed to the rear of the home subject opened fire on him as well, causing him to retreat. As he came back to front of the house he was struck by shots fired by another officer.

The subject was also wounded and taken into custody.

Wayne Township became a city in 1981 and was renamed to Huber Heights.

Officer Casto had served with the Wayne Township Police Department for one year. He was posthumously promoted from the rank of Auxiliary Police Officer to Police Officer. He was survived by his wife and parents.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

friendly fire

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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 Police Officer Leo L. Casto, Jr. of the Wayne Township Police Department, Ohio and the additional 69 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

August 23, 2022

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