Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Shawn Leinen

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Saturday, February 25, 1995

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Reflections for Officer Shawn Leinen

Rest in peace Officer Leinen.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 5, 2020

25 years, my Acacia brother. I still cannot believe it.

I will never forget you, or what you meant to us brothers.


Greg "Gyro" Childers.
Acacia Fraternity - U of Wyoming

February 25, 2020

You were not just my brother-in-law, you were my brother. I see you every time I look at your son. Miss you, man.

Deputy Tom Laughrey
Natrona County Sheriff's Office

February 25, 2020

Although it has been twenty-five years since that fateful night that you were taken from your family and unborn child, rest in the knowledge that you are not forgotten! The World is a better place because of your bravery and sacrifice. I pray for God's peace and blessings upon your family. Rest in peace, Shawn...

Jeffrey Rawson 86-43

February 25, 2020

Officer Leinen,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for Community but for our Country and the citizens of the state of Wyoming when you served with the WYARNG-especially during Desert Storm. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 25, 2020

I was just thinking of Shawn and how great a person he is. He was always making everything a challenge and he loved challenges. The last time I spoke to him over 25 years ago come to mind. He was smiling and talking about how fast he was going to make it from SE Iowa to Denver in his Mitsubishi. He could even make a boring drive across Iowa and Nebraska fun! This world can never get back what it lost when we lost you.

James Wilson
Fraternity Brother

February 8, 2019

I was a witness to this horrific tragedy! And it changed my life! I think of this great man everyday and his family! On the eve of my little brother getting sworn in as an officer himself! I reflect on how amazing our officers are to put their lives at risk every day! I pray for shawn everyday and all the officers on the job today! ❤️

Witness - jennifer shinn

October 4, 2018

Shawn was a great friend and encourager to me his young step brother. I still think of you as I do ride a longs as a pastor in Nebraska.

Michael Ames
Step brother

January 18, 2018

Shawn I served with you in the WY ARNG, a solid soldier and a good person. Still miss you.

ryan roylance

April 30, 2016

Thinking of ya, buddy. It's been a while. Thanks for looking out for us 92-2


March 21, 2016

20 Years have passed. Thank you sir for your service and for watching over us who have taken up the badge after you. Continue to watch over us as we continue to pray for you and remember you.

Police Officer
Denver Police

March 2, 2015

Miss Ya! My best wishes and condolences for the family.

Chris Thomas
friend/ RCC class of '85

February 11, 2015


It's hard to believe that you've been gone this long. I can still remember our times at Camp Guernsey and at drill in Laramie. You will surely be remembered. God rest your soul dear friend.

Major Jerald S. Gross, USA, Retired

November 20, 2014

I was just a rookie cop when you were taken much too young. Yours was the first Officer funeral I attended. It's been 20 years now and even though I did not know you personally, I often remember that time and hope that your wife and son are well. God Bless your family.


April 14, 2014

I remember you as a little brother, hanging around when your sister and I would play, being a typical little brother. For some reason, I started thinking about you and your family today, not realizing that yesterday had been the anniversary of your death. God bless you, Shawn, you are missed and you are a true hero! My thoughts and prayers are with your family, I know they miss you!

Chris (Harford) Finney
Family Friend from Lead, SD

February 26, 2014

I was reminded today was the "anniversary" of your death. Shawn and I were best friends growing up and it is hard to believe, even to day, that he is in Heaven smiling down on us all. I have yet to meet his son, but when I do, I will let him know what kind of man he was and what kind of friend he and his family were to me! God Speed Shawn!

Ray Quinn
Class of 1985


February 25, 2013

Gone, but never forgotten.

Sheila B.

February 25, 2013

I cannot forget the day when I helped care for you at DGH. 2 days ago, I visited your memorial in Washington DC. To this day, I struggle with the story surrounding your death. I remember the pain that we all felt the day you came to our unit and how sad I was for your family.

Dana P

February 17, 2013

Like you, my son ;eft an expectant wife and a child who would only know him through pictures and memories of others. Like you, a juvenile was convicted of his murder. I continue my efforts to defeat the national movement to reduce sentences for teen killers. You are now one of the victims I fight for.

I honor your sacrifice and the sacrifice of your family on this seventeenth anniversary of your death.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 25, 2012

Seventeen years ago, I turned on the TV only to see that one of my pledge brothers had been shot and killed in the line of duyt, as a Denver police officer.
Shawn, there hasn't been one time that I have heard INXS, that I haven't been reninded of you. I remember your smile, your laughter, and one crazy day of skiing with our frat-brothers and little sisters. You got the best one of those (little sisters), as well.
You were a great friend and brother. I am certain you were a wonderful husband, as well. I will never forget what you brought to my life. Thank you.!!

Greg Childers (Gyro)
Acacia Fraternity, University of Wyoming

February 25, 2012

I grew up with Shawn, going all the way from K through graduation from Rapid City Central H.S. together in '85. There are so many great memories of him, but his kindness and friendship to me will never be forgotten. On this sad "anniversary" of his death, I am further reminded of his kindness, integrity, faith and willingness to sacrifice for the benefit of others. I pray his family will sense the nearness of God's presence as they seek comfort in this great loss.

R. Chip Denief
Union City Christian Church

February 25, 2012

Thanks for your 3 years of services, Shawn.


February 25, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Leinen. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 25, 2012



February 25, 2011

Officer Leinan - So sad that you and your wife were expecting when you were taken from us...tragic.

Four Fridays ago, I stood in the State Assembly chambers when you name was one of almost 250 read off during a motion regarding this month's Peace Officer Memorial Week - you are not forgotten.

Thank you for your service to the people of the City of Denver and the State of Colorado. May God grant you eternal rest and may His perpetual light shine upon you.

Chief K. Moreland (Ret. Sgt.)
Palmer Lake, CO PD (Ret. LAPD)

May 14, 2010

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