Police Officer Rosario Joseph Collura

Police Officer Rosario Joseph Collura

Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Tuesday, March 19, 1985

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Rosario Joseph Collura

Officer Rosario Collura and Officer Leonard Lesnieski were shot and killed when they interrupted a drug deal while on patrol.

They observed four men in an alley and stopped to question them. They had patted down three of the suspects and were patting down the fourth suspect when the man produced a gun and shot both officers in the chest. The suspect fled but was later apprehended.

The suspect was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to two life terms. On November 16, 2010, he was sentenced to an additional 40 years for attacking and seriously injuring two correctional officers with a hammer.

Officer Collura had served with the agency for 18 and a half years.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 18 years, 5 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Talked about you at grief share Saturday at church. Will never forget that day grief share Saturday at church. Will never forget the day you left this earth. An earthly angel went to heaven be an angel by the side of God! I lost contact with your family since I moved to Florida, but Kathy and your children have never left my heart. In my thoughts and prayers always!
Sophia Papadopoulos

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May 17, 2015

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