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Police Officer John Whiteoak Buckley | Arlington County Police Department, Virginia Arlington County Police Department, Virginia

Police Officer

John Whiteoak Buckley

Arlington County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Friday, April 15, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Never apprehended

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Police Officer John Buckley was shot and killed while responding to a bank robbery at the intersection of South Glebe Road and Columbia Pike at 3:30 pm.

He was en route home following traffic court when the robbery call was broadcast. He was the first unit on scene and was walking up the steps to the bank lobby when a suspect exited. He was attempting to take the man into custody when a second subject approached him from behind and fatally shot him.

The getaway driver was arrested and sentenced to two years in prison. The subject who shot him was never apprehended.

Officer Buckley had served with the Arlington County Police Department for almost five years. He was survived by his expectant wife.

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Rest in peace, Officer Buckley.

39 years have passed since you were shot and killed in the line of duty. Thank you for being the man you were, thank you for your service and most of all thank you for your Valor. I count among my friends men like you and I wish you were with us today. Your sacrifice is not forgotten, your impact has not diminished and your legacy lives on.

Major Todd Yeatts, USMC (ret.)
Chairman, Arlington Chamber of Commerce
April 15, 2016


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