Born: September 10, 1931, Ordway, CO
Death: December 6, 1969, Bowie, AZ
Buried: December 12, 1969 Desert Rest Cemetery, Bowie, AZ
Deputy Brown Killed; Assailant Shoots Self
AZ Range News - Dec 11, 1969
Cochise County Deputy Sheriff Leroy Brown, 38, was shot to death Saturday and his assailant later died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Sheriff Jim Willson said Brown was shot two or three times by Andres Griego, 20 of Bowie, at a restaurant. Griego was taken to Tucson Medical Center following the slaying, where he was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the head. His body was found in a Bowie school yard.
Willson said Griego has threatened Brown and and two other deputies following his arrest in August for disturbing the peace. Griego spent 30 days in jail on the charge, and after being released, went to Superior, AZ. Willson said Griego apparently did not return to Bowie until Saturday.
The Sheriff said Griego entered a restaurant where Brown was, apparently after seeing the deputy sheriff there.
After entering the restaurant, Willson said, Griego ordered a cup of "hot, hot coffee," Griego went over to the table where Brown and another man was seated and threw the coffee in the deputy's face. As Brown got up, Willson said, Griego pulled a .25 caliber automatic from a paper bag and shot the deputy in the face. Willson said Griego shot Brown at least one more time, and may have fired a third shot.
Following the shooting, the Sheriff said Griego fled the restaurant and ran some two blocks to the city's high school where he shot himself.
A coroner's inquest held after the shooting confirmed that the deputy had been shot and killed by Griego.
Deputy Brown is survived by his wife, Clarene â€œJackieâ€ Brown, Bowie; two sons: Jeff, 8; and Todd, 4; his father, James Elmer Brown, Westville, OK; and his mother, Mrs. Pearl Brown (Jones), Dos Cabezas, and sisters Joanne, Jean, Sandra and Janie.
Anyone having information on any of the family please contact me as this was my father who was killed.