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Deputy's widow files worker's comp claim

Posted April 22, 2008
Updated December 5, 2008

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— The widow of a Warren County deputy who was killed two years ago while off duty has filed a worker's compensation claim with the state.

Investigators said they believe Deputy Michael Leonforte was heading home on Sept. 5, 2006, when he drove up to two men standing in the road. The men tried to rob Leonforte after he stopped, and they shot him, authorities said.

Quante Seward and Montellus Burchette were arrested the following day and charged with Leonforte's death.

Cynthia Leonforte has filed a claim with the state Industrial Commission to be compensated for her husband's death, said her attorney, Lewis Thompson.

A decision isn't expected for a few months, Thompson said.


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  • sarpup Apr 22, 2008

    See the story didnt say that the deputy was on his way home from law enforcement training. He was wearing the uniform for his school and was armed at the time. His "tour" does not end until he gets home. Hence if he sees a crime in progress as he did, did he not have a "duty" to act since he was in the capacity of a law enforcement officer at the time. I can understand how some might think he was off so he isnt covered, but in law enforcement in his jurisdiction he had a sworn duty to act and uphold the law. Now if he was somewhere else in the state out of his jurisdiction I could see how he might not be covered. But is not killing a cop on or off duty not a capital offense? So if the door swings one way why not the other way?

  • ladyblue Apr 22, 2008

    I too do not understand the workman's comp thing. I thought that was for people hurt on the job or killed while on the job not when they are off duty or the job. Maybe it's different for officiers. I usually learn something everyday so I will wait and see.

  • sarpup Apr 22, 2008

    Wait wait wait. If he was in an accident and died on the way to school, would he be covered??? He was a sworn officer in uniform and armed. He better be covered.

  • 5-113 FA Retired Apr 22, 2008

    You know, instead of making statements based on opinion, why not go to the NC Industrial Commission website. You'll find definitions of and explanations for what will apply in this case.

  • Adelinthe Apr 22, 2008

    "May the widow get what she deserves."


    Although unfortunately because the officer was off duty, it may not be much.

    Praying for her.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Dark_Horse Apr 22, 2008

    "The "cop" in him is what made him stop, not being in the wrong place at the wrong time." julia27534

    Thats incorrect. From what I understand of the case,the street was blocked by two cars and he pulled up behind them and told them to move so that he could get by.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Apr 22, 2008

    May the widow get what she deserves.

  • LPE Apr 22, 2008

    This deputy was on his way home from school. If I am not mistaken; he was in training.

  • Meandmytwo Apr 22, 2008

    I sure hope that she will get what is do. At least this will show some appreciation toward her husband.

  • HopingForABetterWorld Apr 22, 2008

    This isn't about cops doing their job all the time and nothing about not appreciating cops. This is about worker's comp. He wasn't killed on duty, and it doesn't even say he was killed doing any "police" like. He stopped for two men in the road. Again, it's a terrible tragedy, but there is no worker's comp here if I understand it. He wasn't working on duty. He wasn't working off duty. He stopped because two men were in the road.