Sergeant Edward J. Johnson, Jr.

Sergeant Edward J. Johnson, Jr.

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, January 8, 1960

Edward J. Johnson, Jr.

Sergeant Johnson was stabbed to death after responding to a report of an emotionally disturbed person armed with a knife in a homeless shelter. When Sergeant Johnson and his driver arrived, they observed the suspect with a 10 inch knife. Sergeant Johnson ordered the suspect to drop the knife, but the suspect lunged at Sergeant Johnson, stabbing him in the chest. Before falling to the ground, Sergeant Johnson fired six shots from his weapon and his driver fired three shots, killing the suspect.

The knife penetrated Sergeant Johnson's heart, and he died at the scene.

Sergeant Johnson had served with the New York City Police Department for 11 years. He was assigned to the 5th Precinct.

Sergeant Johnson was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 990

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Shot and killed

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As a rookie NYPD officer,serving in the 77Pct., I learned and took with me a sad yet poignant lesson which brought me safely through my 24 year uniform police career plus 25 years as a uniform college campus Public Safety officer. Sergeant Johnson was killed by a dead man!! So,when confronted in closed quarters by a menacing assailant,
" Look for something,a chair etc.,to shield yourself " Take note all you young guys,"Have a great career"

Sergeant Peter Corcoran {Retired}
NYPD ( numerous commands}

February 13, 2017

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