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Police Officer Duane Curtis Johnson | Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles Police Department, California

Police Officer

Duane Curtis Johnson

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 19, 1984

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 23431

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Police Officer Duane Johnson was shot and killed by a robbery suspect in Chinatown at about 2:00 pm.

Officer Johnson and his partner had responded to the store and were let in by one of the subjects, who was posing as a store employee. When the two officers entered the men immediately opened fire, killing Officer Johnson and wounding his partner.

The shooter was apprehended and sentenced to life.

Officer Johnson was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.

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Last night I had the pleasure of meeting and sitting with your sister Donna at the Candlelight Vigil in Sacramento. She is further along in her grief journey than I, but the bond that survivors have is not measured by time, but by sacrifice and honor. This was really brought home to me because sitting beside me on my left and holding my hand was the mom of Stanislaus Deputy Dennis Wallace who was killed in November of 2016.

We shall continue to honor the memory of each of our precious officers that lost his or her life in the line of duty.

In my 2010 reflection left for you, I said that my son was also your fellow Marine and so I again bid you Semper Fi.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
May 8, 2017


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