Special Deputy Sheriff Walter William Leonhardt

Special Deputy Sheriff Walter William Leonhardt

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch Monday, September 28, 1931

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Walter William Leonhardt

Special Deputy Leonhardt was shot and killed after observing a stolen car while off duty. He identified himself as a deputy and began to talk to the driver. A struggle ensued and Deputy Leonhardt was fatally wounded by the driver.

The 25-year-old driver and a 19-year-old accomplice were arrested and charged with murder. The driver was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. His accomplice was sentenced to five years. The driver's sentence was later commuted to 25 years. He was paroled December 21, 1940.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1940

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 82nd anniversary year of your death.

Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

August 9, 2013

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