Patrolman Theodore C. Leslie

Patrolman Theodore C. Leslie

Joplin Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Tuesday, April 14, 1903

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Theodore C. Leslie

Patrolman Theodore Leslie was shot and killed while investigating the theft of a stolen gun. Patrolman Leslie had tracked the thief to a boxcar in the Kansas City Southern Railroad yards. When Patrolman Leslie ordered the suspect out of the boxcar he opened fire, killing Patrolman Leslie.

The suspect was later arrested but before he could face trial an angry mob stormed the jail, took the suspect and lynched him.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Lynched by an angry mob

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 109th anniversary 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 Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 14, 2012

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