Patrolman Leon s Gooding

Patrolman Leon s Gooding

Charleston County Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, March 27, 1948

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Leon s Gooding

Patrolman Leon Gooding was shot and killed after he and his partner arrested a man on the John Island railroad tracks who had escaped from the South Carolina state mental hospital a month earlier.

They confiscated a rifle from the man but failed to locate a .22 caliber pistol. As the officers drove the man to jail he produced the pistol and shot both officers, killing Patrolman Gooding. The 30-year-old suspect, declared insane, was committed and never tried.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Committed

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Rest in peace Patrolman Gooding.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 4, 2020

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