Patrolman Leo R. Gorski

Patrolman Leo R. Gorski

Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Sunday, December 18, 1932

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Leo R. Gorski

Patrolmen Leo Gorski and Ira Evans were shot and killed when they responded to a bank robbery in progress at Central and East Hennepin Avenues.

As they exited their patrol car, two of the suspects opened fire on them with a shotgun and machine gun. Both officers were fatally wounded. The suspects escaped but were eventually apprehended.

One of the shooters was also responsible for the murder of Marshal John Rose of the Kirksville, Missouri, Police Department on November 17, 1930. The suspect was sentenced to life in prison.

In 1934 the suspect was believed to have gone insane and was transferred to a state hospital. Two years later he led an escape of 15 inmates and continued to rob banks. On July 8, 1936, he shot and killed Officer Cal Palmer, of the Enid, Oklahoma, Police Department, after getting drunk in a local bar.

Patrolman Gorski had been employed with the Minneapolis Police Department for 11 years and was a World War I veteran. He was survived by his wife and son and is buried in Sunset Memorial Park Cemtery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, December 16, 1932
  • Weapon Rifle; Machine gun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I had just actually found out that Officer Gorski is a family member by working on my family tree today.
Thank you sir for your service, dedication and for choosing to be a "Sheepdog".

Patricia Couvion

June 23, 2020

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