Detective Captain LeRoy Joseph Geach
Reno Police Department
End of Watch: Saturday, November 8, 1947
Tour of Duty: 12 years
Badge Number: Unknown
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Saturday, November 8, 1947
Weapon Used: Handgun, .38 caliber
Suspect Info: Executed in 1949
Captain Geach and Sergeant Allen Glass were shot and killed while attempting to question a burglary suspect in a hotel room on Sierra Street. The officers, along with two other detectives, had gone to the hotel to question the men. When the knocked on the door they were met with resistance by one of the suspects but were able to disarm him. Sergeant Glass and Captain Geach then went to the bedroom where they located a second suspect in the bed. As Captain Geach removed the blanket the suspect immediately opened fire, striking both officers. One of the other officers returned fire, wounding the suspect, who was then taken into custody. He was convicted of the murders, sentenced to death, and executed on April 22, 1949.
Captain Geach had been with the agency for 12 years and was survived by his wife and two sons.