Sergeant James Martin Leach

Sergeant James Martin Leach

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Saturday, May 2, 1992

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James Martin Leach

Sergeant James Leach was killed when he was struck by a drunk driver as he was blocking a street filled with pedestrian traffic in Westport. The driver who fled the scene, was involved in a second accident during a pursuit, in which he ran over and killed a 21-year-old man and then attempted to flee on foot but was arrested.

The 27-year-old suspect was convicted of Sergeant Leach's murder, two counts of second degree murder, and two counts of armed criminal action. He was subsequently sentenced to serve two life terms. He was denied parole in 2004.

Sergeant Leach had served with the Kansas City Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 310

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Denied parole in 2004

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To the family, friends and colleagues of HERO Sergeant James Martin Leach: I mailed my No Parole letter today, on his behalf. I am very sorry for your loss. It’s so unfair that you have to relive the pain, with each new parole board hearing.
To Sergeant Leach: Thank You for your service and sacrifice. You are not forgotten!

God Bless You All!

Allie Wroten
Proudly Supporting All L.E.O.’s
Wife of a Corrections Deputy

August 16, 2019

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