Patrolman Leon Fox

Patrolman Leon Fox

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, February 16, 1941

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Leon Fox

Patrolman Leon Fox was shot and killed while escorting a store manager to the bank to deposit the daily receipts.

Patrolman Fox was assigned to escort the manager of Loew’s Coney Island Movie Theatre to the bank with the daily receipts. As Patrolman Fox and the manager approached the bank entrance, they were approached by three men. One of the men grabbed the suitcase the suitcase from the manager, and all three fled on foot. Patrolman Fox pursued the suspect but was shot and killed by the suspect. Before he died, Patrolman Fox emptied his gun at the suspect as they fled.

All three suspects were later apprehended and convicted of murder. They were all sentenced to death. The verdict was then overturned by the United States Supreme Court. Two suspects were freed, and the third was retired. He was acquitted of all charged in that trial.

Patrolman Fox had served with the New York City Police Department for ten years and was assigned to the 60th Precinct. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 2196

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Leon Fox you were my grandpa's brother and unfortunately I never got to meet you. You were always on my grandpa's mind and he missed you everyday and was very proud of you. When I was little he would tell me stories about you sadly my grandfather passed away when I was still young and I could not findout more about you. But I promise you are not and will never be forgotten. I would like to thank everyone who left their reflections and kind words.

Douglas Greenwald
family member

February 2, 2015

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