Police Officer Roy L. Leon, Jr.

Police Officer Roy L. Leon, Jr.

Cotton Plant Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Friday, July 13, 1984

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Roy L. Leon, Jr.

Officer Roy Leon and Chief of Police Leonard Cross were shot and killed after stopping a 16-year-old juvenile on a stolen motorcycle.

During the ensuing struggle, the suspect gained control of Chief Cross' weapon and shot both officers. The juvenile offender was captured six hours later.

The juvenile had a long criminal record, mostly involving stolen motorcycles. Since 1978, he has served three terms in juvenile facilities. On February 14, 1985, he was convicted of two counts of capital murder and sentenced to life without parole. As of December 13, 2022, he was in prison. He has committed 28 major disciplinary violations.

The killing of Police Officer Roy Leon and Chief of Police Leonard Cross left the town without any full-time law enforcement officers.


  • Age 24
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

juvenile offender, stolen vehicle, traffic stop

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I did go on to Nursing and Paramedic Schools…. Partly because of THAT night!! I remember wishing there was more I could do!!

I know NOW…. This wouldn’t have made a difference THAT night, but as a nurse/paramedic in West Tennessee…. I hope I have touched lives in a position way…..

Rest easy!! I will never forget!!!

Robin Brainard

January 2, 2024

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