Captain Leide DeFusco
Pueblo County Sheriff's Office, Colorado
End of Watch: Friday, August 31, 2012
Captain Leide DeFusco was killed in an airplane crash as he and John Barger, a retired Pueblo Police Department captain, searched for marijuana grows in the Wet Mountains.
A narcotics task force had raided two large marijuana plantations in the area two weeks earlier and the two were searching for additional grows nearby when radio contact was lost at approximately 9:30 am.
Captain DeFusco is a 21-year veteran as a peace officer in the County of Pueblo, serving with both the Pueblo Police Department and the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office. Captain DeFusco oversees the Patrol Division, CSU-Pueblo and Narcotics Unit within the Law Enforcement Bureau. Captain DeFusco has been previously assigned as a Patrol Deputy and Police Officer, SWAT Team member, Field Training Officer, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Police Detective Corporal, Narcotics Detective, Narcotics Lieutenant and Detention Security Captain.
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