Patrol Officer Johnnie Norris Patterson, Jr.

Patrol Officer Johnnie Norris Patterson, Jr.

Winter Haven Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, March 8, 1997

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Johnnie Norris Patterson, Jr.

Patrol Officer Johnnie Patterson was shot and killed at approximately 4:30 am after making a traffic stop at the intersection of 21st Street SW and Avenue D.

The driver he stopped fled on foot, with Officer Patterson in pursuit. Officer Patterson called for backup but was not heard from again. 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.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 7 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

traffic stop

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On this day, sadly we attend another brothers funeral in Highlands County. Another brother offering a blanket of protection over us all. I met you just three days before you were taken from us but I think of you often. You served as a warrior as did your father and sister. I will never forget you or your family. Rest in peace.

Sergeant Dale Deas
Lakeland Police Department

May 15, 2018

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