Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

Russell A. Leidy

  • Rank: Policeman
  • Serial Number: Unknown
  • Division: University
  • Location: 33rd and Stanford
  • Date Killed: Tuesday, July 24, 1934
  • Cause of Death: Shot by a Robbery Suspect


Policeman Leidy was shot and killed by one of two robbers as he went to the aid of their victim. As the 20 year old gunman fled the scene he shouted, “I’m the new Dillinger”. Minutes later both suspects were captured and charged with Policeman Leidy’s murder.

The gunman was convicted of first degree murder on August 25, 1934, and sentenced to life. His accomplice was acquitted of murder but convicted of two counts of armed robbery.