The Cleveland Police Museum is honored to tell the stories of Cleveland’s Fallen Officers on the anniversary of their End of Watch.
Officer Wayne Leon was appointed to Cleveland Police Department on February 1, 1994, assigned to the 3rd District. Wayne received commendations from the community for his dedication. He was also awarded the Medal of Honor for courage and bravery when he was fired upon by a drug suspect whom he arrested in 1998.
On Sunday, June 25, 2000, Officer Wayne Leon agreed to work a one-man car to assist A-Platoon due to a lack of manpower. At 11:00 am, Officer Leon radioed in a routine traffic stop at E. 40 St. & Community College. He was unaware that the driver, Quisi Bryan, had a history of violence involving weapons and was wanted for violating parole. Bryan stopped in a gas station lot and quickly exited his vehicle. As Leon approached, Bryan turned and fatally shot Leon.
A statewide manhunt ensued for Bryan, who fled the scene. Bryan was taken into custody without incident later that day by Columbus Police.
Wayne Leon was survived by his wife Grace and his children Justin, Gabrielle and Nicholas. Services were held at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and he was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery.