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 was a United States World War I veteran and had served with the Minneapolis Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and son.

He is buried in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Barker-Karpis Gang committed violent crimes throughout the American Midwest in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Members and associates of the gang were responsible for the murders of at least ten law enforcement officers.


  • 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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My name is william gorski age farthers name was leo j gorski,who was a police offerser for the nee britain polce dept as was I.i will say a prayer for them ,my dad is gone to walk his bear with God
Bless all who pin on tath badge,i got your back.stand tall

William gorski

June 14, 2023

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