Chief of Police Leonard E. Cross

Chief of Police Leonard E. Cross

Cotton Plant Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Friday, July 13, 1984

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Leonard E. Cross

Chief Leonard Cross and Officer Roy Leon were shot and killed after stopping a juvenile on a stolen motorcycle.

During the ensuing struggle, the suspect gained control of Chief Cross' weapon and shot both officers. The juvenile offender was captured, convicted, and sentenced to two life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Chief Cross had also served in the U.S. Army.


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  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life imprisonment

juvenile, stolen vehicle

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My name is Lashonda Leon i was born July 7 1984 and my father wass killed july 13 1984 im his olny child and i still have questions all i know Roy Leon was a good man and i nevet got a chance to see that part cause of a 16 year old took his life rest up daddy olny if u were here

Lashonda marie leon
Daughter of ROY LEON

January 11, 2019

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