Captain Johnnie Richard Wyssbrod, Jr.

Captain Johnnie Richard Wyssbrod, Jr.

Helena Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Tuesday, June 30, 1998

Johnnie Richard Wyssbrod, Jr.

Captain Wyssbrod was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance. He was shot with a .45 caliber handgun immediately upon entering the residence. He then stumbled outside and collapsed in the front yard of the home. His backup arrived as he was coming back out of the house. The suspect then shot and killed his girlfriend before committing suicide.

Captain Wyssbrod would have celebrated his 12 year anniversary with the department the day following his murder. He had been in law enforcement for approximately 20 years and is survived by his two daughters.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 5

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Committed suicide

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On October 10, 1983 you and I sat in a room with 64 other officers as we began our academy training. Over the next few weeks I got to know you as an individual. I came to respect you for the person that you were and the type of officer it was obvious that you would become. I remember several years later that we met and talked outside of the State Crime Lab. You seemed to be doing well. We couldn't have known it would be the last time we would meet.

I've traced your name from the wall in D.C. and brought it home for another of our classmates to have. I've changed your name on our class plaque at the academy from black to gold and added end of watch date in hopes that it would catch the eye of officers and they would wonder or remember.

For you and your family, I remember often.

Training Instructor Ronnie C. Poole
Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy

May 13, 2016

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