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Police Officer John Thomas Scanlon | Robbinsdale Police Department, Minnesota Robbinsdale Police Department, Minnesota

Police Officer

John Thomas Scanlon

Robbinsdale Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch: Thursday, February 14, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 3810

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer John Scanlon was shot and killed after he and another officer cleared the scene of a burglary call.

After clearing the scene the second officer left, but Officer Scanlon remained in his patrol car doing paperwork. Although they did not locate a suspect on their initial search, the man returned to the scene, approached Officer Scanlon's vehicle and opened fire from the driver's side.

The suspect was later convicted of Officer Scanlon's murder and sentenced to life. He was denied parole in April 2012. He has another parole hearing in April 2017.

Officer Scanlon had served with the Robbinsdale Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and adopted son.

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Your sacrifice is not forgotten sir. Bless your family as they continue their journey without your bright spirit.

Ellen Dinwiddie Smith
Surviving sister of Killeen (Texas) Police Detective & Swat Team Member Charles “Chuck” David Dinwiddie #cd63. EOW 5/11/14.
September 9, 2017


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