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Officer Robert L. Johnson, Jr. | Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

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Robert L. Johnson, Jr.

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch: Saturday, April 26, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 809

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/26/1997

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Both convicted of 1st Degree murder

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Officer Johnson was shot and killed and another officer was shot and wounded at about 22:30 hours. Both officers were shot by a man after an altercation stemming from a parking problem. They had just gotten off duty and became involved in the altercation and identified themselves as police officers. The suspect told them he would back to settle it and returned and opened fire on them unexpectedly.

He was the third Metropolitan police officer killed in two months and the second killed within one block of a police station. Both suspects in his murder were convicted of first degree murder on May 22, 1998.

Officer Johnson is survived by his wife and two children.

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I was at a young age when my uncle Bobby was taken away from my family but I can remember the day you left us vividly. I'll never forget the pain my father, his brothers, his sisters, and dear mother and father went through. You touched so many people in your short time here. I know you're here with us every day serving as a guardian angel.

Uncle Bobby, I want you to know you and my father are the most courageous men in my life and you are truly an inspiration. You are the reason I want to protect and serve my country and community. I hope to make you a proud uncle. I promise to carry on your courage and joyous spirit through my actions and career.

My prayers go out to your wife and children. I know they are making you so proud.

Kiera Johnson
Niece
April 4, 2014

 

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