Patrolman Richard Coldren

Patrolman Richard Coldren

Leavenworth Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Tuesday, March 19, 1957

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Richard Coldren

Patrolman Coldren was shot and killed while he and another officer attempted to arrest a man on a trespassing warrant. When they located the man he led them on a short pursuit. After stopping he opened fire on the officers, mortally wounding Patrolman Coldren. Patrolman Coldren was able to return fire and kill the suspect.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Officer Coldren was my uncle. It is so nice to read all the kind things all of you have said here. It was especially wonderful to hear the thoughts of those of you that were children and remember him for his kindness. Uncle Dick was the youngest of 5 boys and served in the Marines before returning home to join the police force. Although I was born 2 years after his death, I admired him very much and have the medal he was given posthumously . Many of you might like to know that my brother Michael was a police officer in Hutchinson Kansas. He was also shot on duty but, thankfully survived. Thank you for your thought and prayers.

Craig Coldren
Nephew, Round Rock Texas

March 26, 2018

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