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Officer John Wyndell Robinson | Los Angeles County Safety Police, California Los Angeles County Safety Police, California


John Wyndell Robinson

Los Angeles County Safety Police, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 24, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: 33 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon

Offender: Not available

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Officer John Robinson was stabbed to death while conducting checks in the Department of Public Services office at 813 E 4th Place, in downtown Los Angeles.

He was checking one of the restrooms when he was attacked by two welfare recipients and stabbed twice. He was able to shoot one of the men while the other fled.

Officer Robinson succumbed to his wounds as he was being transported to a local hospital.

Officer Robinson was slain the day before his 55th birthday.

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As a Sheriff's Security Officer, I have patrolled the very same county building where you were attacked in 1980, which makes this reflection especially poignant and hard-hitting for me. Even though your agency was absorbed by the Sheriff's Department, your memory is not forgotten. We wear the same bear shield badge you once did, and I pledge to make sure the sacrifices and legacy of the County Police are not forgotten in the tradition of the Sheriff's Department. I am aware that the same circumstances that resulted in your death can happen to me or my partners as well, a sobering thought. Thank you for your service to the County, and may you rest in peace.

Sheriff's Security Officer
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
February 26, 2017


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