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Officer Niles Frederick Johantgen | Atlanta Police Department, Georgia Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

Officer

Niles Frederick Johantgen

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Saturday, December 21, 1991

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Officer Johantgen was shot and killed as he was frisking a suspect on Henry Thomas Drive. Another man hit Officer Johantgen in the back of the head from behind, then shot him in the back of the head as he lay on the ground. The man who attacked him was upset that Officer Johantgen had arrested a man for drug's in the suspect's home and that he was searching three of the suspect's friends. The suspect was sentenced to death.

Officer Johantgen had been with the agency for three years and is survived by his wife and two sons.

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I am very saddened to hear that the offender in this case had his sentenced overturned. I don't know if anyone can contact the family to let them know of this injustice. My husband was the lead investigator on the case. We just learned of it two weeks ago when an investigator for the defense showed up at our doorstep. I did not know Niles but from my husbands colleagues he was highly thought of. I understand he had a little boy at the time who had to grow up with out a dad. He should be a grown man by now.

Terri Olsen-Greene
Wife of Investigator M.T.Greene
January 8, 2016

 

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