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Patrol Officer Johnnie Norris Patterson, Jr. | Winter Haven Police Department, Florida Winter Haven Police Department, Florida

Patrol Officer

Johnnie Norris Patterson, Jr.

Winter Haven Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, March 8, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 7 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life in prison

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Officer Johnnie Patterson was shot and killed at approximately 0430 hours after making a traffic stop. During the stop the suspect began to run. Officer Patterson pursued the man and called for backup. Approximately one hour later his body was found by a Polk County canine officer in a wooded area with a fatal gunshot wound.

He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The suspect was arrested several days later, found guilty of murder, and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Officer Patterson's father was with him on a ride along at the time of the incident.

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Your family are always in my prayers. I had you; your father and your sister all in classes. You would have been proud of them as they were of you!!!
Look over us all from Haven!!

Thomas Gleason
Retired state of florida
May 3, 2016

 

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