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 Sheriff Walter Leinberger was shot and killed while serving a burglary warrant on a man on Sutter Street in Bryte, current day West Sacramento.

As Deputy Leinberger, who was accompanied by his wife, approached the cabin, a man 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 not the man Deputy Leinburger was attempting to arrest. Unknown to Deputy Leinberger, the shooter had evaded arrest for wounding another officer three years prior and was wanted by the FBI. He was later shot and killed in a shootout with Sacramento authorities.

Deputy Leinberger was survived by his wife and son.

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


  • Age 53
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

fugitive, warrant, warrant service

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Deputy Sheriff Leinberger,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like t say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Yolo County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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November 18, 2023

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