Patrolman George Leonard

Patrolman George Leonard

Youngstown Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, March 30, 1924

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George Leonard

Patrolman George Leonard was shot and killed when he and his brother, an officer with the Akron Police Department, responded to a report of a man threatening store employees with a gun on East Federal Street.

When the officers arrived, they encountered the suspect with his hand in the pocket of his overcoat. When Patrolman Leonard grabbed the man's arm, the man fired a shot through the overcoat, striking him in the abdomen. Although wounded, Patrolman Leonard and his brother continued to struggle with the suspect, who was beaten into unconsciousness.

Patrolman Leonard was transported to St. Elizabeth's Hospital, where he succumbed to his wound two days later. The suspect also died as a result of the injuries sustained while resisting the officers.

Patrolman Leonard had served with the Youngstown Police Department for at least seven years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, a son, and parents.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, March 28, 1924
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Died resisting arrest

disturbance, weapons violation

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Patrolman Leonard,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Youngstown.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

March 30, 2024

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