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 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 had 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.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Officer Roy Leon...the cost you paid that tragic day, that tragic moment is yet with me in memory still. I heard the news and still saddened of your loss of life and those that lost you that day. My heart yet cries out for you and I too as one stated still remember your smile and those pearlie white teeth. Just remembering you as the date approaches. You are dearly missed.

Charlann McFarlin

May 31, 2021

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