Special Deputy Sheriff Leonard Roth Cummings, Jr.

Special Deputy Sheriff Leonard Roth Cummings, Jr.

Lemhi County Sheriff's Department, Idaho

End of Watch Monday, January 2, 1928

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Leonard Roth Cummings, Jr.

Special Deputy Leonard Cummings, Special Deputy Billy Withington, and Deputy Louis Bancroft were shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on a man.

The suspect was given permission to retrieve money from his bedroom but returned with a .30-.30 rifle and opened fire, killing all three deputies.

The man fled but was arrested the following day. The suspect died 2 days later of wounds he received during his arrest.

Deputy Bancroft had deputized Special Deputy Cummings and Special Deputy Withington on his way to make the arrest. Special Deputy Cummings was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.30
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Special Deputy Sheriff Cummings, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 2, 2021

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