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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

Incident Date: 2/14/1985

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: 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.

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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Wow. This was the year I got out of high school; things haven't changed much. LEO's can never let their guard down; though I would have given the shooter the death penalty. Very sad that a murderer will live longer than the person trying to work and make a life for himself and his family.

Professor of Criminal Justice
State of Louisiana
April 17, 2012

 

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