Police Officer Ronald F. McLeod

Police Officer Ronald F. McLeod

Miami Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, May 8, 1969

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Ronald F. McLeod

Officer Ronald McLeod was shot from his motorcycle and killed when he stopped to question a robbery suspect at the intersection of N. Miami Street and 13th Court. The suspect was captured a week later in Memphis, Tennessee, after a gun battle with police.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death October 16, 1970. His sentence was later commuted to life.

Officer McLeod had been with the agency for nine years and had previously served with the United States Air Force in Japan. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, May 7, 1969
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Even though I never got the opportunity to meet my cousin Ronnie, (fathers we’re brothers) I remember vividly my parents telling me of his death. His sister Betty told me a couple of years ago at a McLeod family reunion how it happened. What a true hero in life he was. Wished I could have met him, but him growing up in Miami and me in So Georgia it wasn’t meant to be. When I hear of an officer down I always think of my cousin and Hero Ronnie. Rest In Peace.

Barbara McLeod Wellman

May 9, 2019

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