Deputy Sheriff Walter John Leinberger

Deputy Sheriff Walter John Leinberger

Yolo County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Thursday, November 18, 1943

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Walter John Leinberger

Deputy Leinberger was shot and killed while serving a warrant on a man in the Broderick area of the county. As Deputy Leinberger, who was accompanied by his wife, approached the cabin the suspect burst out and opened fire, fatally wounding him. Deputy Leinberger's wife picked up his gun and fired at the suspect six times, striking him in the arm twice. The suspect was later shot and killed in a shootout with Sacramento authorities.

In 1991 the county's new minimum security jail was named in Deputy Leinberger's honor.

Deputy Leinberger was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 53
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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A remarkable story of fortitude and bravery, both from Deputy Leinberger AND his wife. I am sure that Walter John Leinberger was revered by his family, and that story was told many times. Rest in peace, sir.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

November 18, 2017

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