St. Ignatius High School Dedicates Memorial Honoring Fallen Patrol Officer Wayne Leon


“In Honor of all Safety Forces members of the Saint Ignatius High School community who have dedicated their lives to serve others.”

On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, St. Ignatius High School dedicated a tree and a marble monument honoring the memory of fallen Cleveland Patrol Officer Wayne Leon, a 1986 graduate of St. Ignatius High School.  Director of Annual Fund and Alumni Relations, Dan Malone and Principal of Saint Ignatius High School, Dan Bradesca led members of the community in a dedication ceremony.  Morning mass, dedicated to Wayne, was held at the campus chapel.

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. Officer Leon figured this would get him home early in the afternoon, and he could spend the remainder of the day with his family as he often did.

At 11:00 am, Officer Leon radioed in a routine traffic stop at E. 40 St. & Community College. He was unaware 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 fired a fatal shot that struck Officer Leon in the side of the face and lodged in his spinal cord, ceasing all functions.

For the next twenty-four hours, Officer Leon was connected to a respirator, allowing family and friends to say good-bye and make arrangements for his organs to be donated.

A statewide manhunt ensued for Bryan, who fled the scene. Bryan was taken into custody without incident later that day by Columbus Police. Quisi Bryan was convicted and is on death row.