Police Officer Ronald F. McLeod

Police Officer Ronald F. McLeod

Miami Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, May 8, 1969

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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It is coincidental that I arrived on this page today - May 8th. My heart and prayers are with you. There is a connection between your family and mine. The connection is Mr. Gavin. Mr. Gavin nearly killed my father. My father never held any animosity towards Mr. Gavin. I always marveled at this, but this was his character. I know he suffered when he learned of Officer McLeod's tragic passing. My prayers are with you especially today. I thank God for Officer McLeod's service and for his son and grandson's dedication to the public. May God protect them both in their daily service to us and to Him.

Mrs. Susan P.
A concerned citizen (May 8th, 2015)

May 8, 2015

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