Lieutenant Owen A. Landdeck

Lieutenant Owen A. Landdeck

Farmington Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Friday, August 17, 1979

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Owen A. Landdeck

Lieutenant Landdeck was accidentally shot and killed in a police academy training exercise. Lieutenant Landdeck was playing the role of a deranged husband in a mock domestic violence call. The scenario called for Lieutenant Landdeck to draw a gun at one point and a Cadet would return fire. Inadvertently the cadet's gun was loaded with live ammunition instead of blanks and when the cadet fired his weapon he killed Lieutenant Landdeck.

Lieutenant Landdeck had been with the agency for 10 years and in law enforcement for 20 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter and son.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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Rest in peace always knowing that your memory, service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 17, 2020

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