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 Vincent L. Leusch, Police Officer

Vincent L. Leusch

Monday, September 22, 1975



Leusch, Vincent L.

Rank: Policeman

Serial Number:
16208

Division:
Southwest

Location:
8015 Maitland Ave.

Date Killed:
Monday, September 22,
1975

Cause of Death:
Struck by suspects during
a
pursuit
Bio:
On September 22, 1975, Policeman Vincent L. Leusch, Serial No.
16208, Southwest Division, a five year veteran of the Los Angeles
Police Department, (LAPD) died as a result of injuries sustained in
the line of duty.




Several days earlier, Officer Leusch responded to assist
other LAPD Officers involved in a pursuit. As told by a reporter in
the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, "the high speed …wild
bullet-punctuated chase" proceeded through the streets of Los
Angeles for eight miles and ended in Inglewood.




Numerous police and motorcycle officers responded to the
pursuit while the suspects drove wildly and without regard to
public safety. During the pursuit, the suspects sideswiped two
private owned vehicles and at least two other police vehicles
causing injuries to LAPD Officers.




An officer in the police vehicle that initiated the pursuit
stated that he fired several shotgun blasts at the stolen vehicle,
hitting it numerous times. However the suspects were not injured
and they continued to flee.




Officer Leusch's vehicle approached the stolen vehicle from
the opposite direction. Leusch stopped his patrol car and
positioned himself with a shotgun behind the open door of the car.
The speeding, stolen vehicle rammed the patrol car hurling Leusch
40 feet away. Shortly after, police stopped the vehicle in
Inglewood where the 15 and 16-year-old juvenile suspects were
arrested.




Officer Leusch was transported to Daniel Freeman Hospital
and underwent surgery. He lost a leg and was paralyzed from the
neck down. Ten days after sustaining these severe injuries, Officer
Leusch died. With his life, Officer Leusch paid the ultimate
sacrifice and answered the highest call of duty.

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