Patrolman C. LeRoy Damron

Patrolman C. LeRoy Damron

Bonner Springs Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Wednesday, August 23, 1922

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C. LeRoy Damron

Patrolman LeRoy Damron was shot and killed while walking his night rounds at 2 am.

He observed two suspicious men on a street corner and went to question them. The men turned out to be lookouts for three companions who were attempting a bank robbery. As he approached, they opened fire, mortally wounding him.

Two of the five were apprehended days later. A week later, the other three shot and killed Sergeant Elmer E Biggs and Patrolman Fred C. Wheeler of the Kansas City Police Department as the officers sought to question them. They fled to Toledo, Ohio, where a week later, they shot and killed Lieutenant William Martin of the Toledo Police Department. Lieutenant Martin's partner shot and killed one suspect, and the other two were apprehended.

Both suspects were convicted of Lieutenant Martin's murder and sentenced to life.

Patrolman Damron was survived by his wife, infant son, mother, and two siblings.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

foot patrol, robbery, robbery in progress, suspicious person

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Patrolman Damron,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Bonner Springs. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 23, 2022

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