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Investigator Donald R. Johnston | El Monte Police Department, California El Monte Police Department, California


Donald R. Johnston

El Monte Police Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, November 22, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 14 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/29/1990

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Investigator Donald Johnston succumbed to an illness contracted as a result of a gunshot wound received 12 years earlier.

The shooting occurred when he responded to a call at a bank involving a male attempting to cash a forged check. Investigator Johnston was confronted by the suspect who pulled out a gun. As Investigator Johnston pushed a civilian out of the line of fire, he was shot in the neck. The shot caused Investigator Johnston paralysis below the waist. The suspect was apprehended but committed suicide in jail.

Although confined to a wheelchair, Investigator Johnston continued serving with the El Monte Police department as a background investigator and helicopter observer. His health continued to deteriorate and he contracted cancer as a result.

Investigator Johnston had been employed with the El Monte Police Department for 14 years, and is survived by his wife and son.

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Thank you for continuing to honor my late husband's memory. Your kind words and heartfelt reflections of both Don and Eric truly mean the world to me and the entire Johnston family.

Ruth Johnston-Martin
Widow of Detective Donald Johnston
January 28, 2016


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