Officer Leonard Walter Garcia

Officer Leonard Walter Garcia

Richmond Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, December 28, 1992

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Leonard Walter Garcia

Officer Leonard Garcia and Officer David Haynes were shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call involving a hostage situation at 6:30 am on Hartnett Avenue.

The subject's daughter had called the police after hiding in a bedroom. Officer Haynes and Officer Garcia helped her out of the bedroom and then entered the house to try to get free the other family members. The man opened fire on them, fatally wounding both officers.

The subject then shot and wounded his ex-wife and son before committing suicide.

Officer Garcia had served with the Richmond Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and son.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 90

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; M-1
  • Offender Committed suicide

domestic, hostage

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I cannot fathom that it has been 30 years now, I remember this awful day like it was yesterday. Rest easy hero.

Chief Craig Miller (Former RPD #1142)
Wiggins Colorado Police Department

December 30, 2022

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