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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On Monday, July 15th, the Shomrim Society, (the organization of Jewish Police Officers in the New York City Police Department), will gather to honor the memory of Bro. (P.O.) Leon Fox who gave his life in the pursuit of armed criminals and who was shot and killed.

The street naming ceremony will take place at the corner of West 12th Street and Surf Avenue in Brooklyn at 5:00 p.m. to 6:p.m.

The ceremony is open to the public and we encourage members of the Department to attend.

Wilton Sekzer
Retired Sgt
Shomrim Historian

Wilton Sekzer - Shomrim Historian
NYPD Sergeant (Ret)

July 13, 2019

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