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Sergeant John Paul Christensen | Pendleton Police Department, Oregon Pendleton Police Department, Oregon


John Paul Christensen

Pendleton Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch: Saturday, February 7, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 12 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Incident Date: 2/6/1976

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Apprehended

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Sergeant Christensen was fatally stabbed by a 15 year-old youth when he attempted to apprehend his 16 year-old girlfriend who had escaped from the Umitilla County Juvenile Detention Center.

Sergeant Christensen, unaware of the escape, stopped to assist the teenagers when their car broke down not far from the center. When Sergeant Christensen received information about the escape the boy stabbed him three times as he tried to stop the girl from fleeing. Sergeant Christensen managed to drive himself to the hospital. He died the next day after two extensive surgeries.

Sergeant Christensen had been employed with the Pendleton Police Department for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.

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My father worked with him also. My father soon quit the force after this incident.

Ray Hughes
March 12, 2012


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