Officer Gerald Douglas Johnson

Officer Gerald Douglas Johnson

Palm Bay Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, April 23, 1987

Gerald Douglas Johnson

Officer Gerald Johnson and Officer Ronald Grogan were shot and killed while responding to the scene of a mass shooting during which a man had gone on a shooting spree with a Ruger Mini 14 rifle, killing four civilians and wounding another 14.

The suspect took hostages at a supermarket and as the officers arrived he opened fire on them, killing Officer Grogan before he was able to exit his patrol car. Officer Johnson was able to exit his vehicle and return fire before being struck in the foot and knocked down. As he was reloading the suspect approached him and shot him at point-blank range.

The suspect was captured later in the night. He was convicted of the murders and was subsequently sentenced to death. While awaiting his execution he died of natural causes at age 82 on November 29, 2009.

Officer Johnson had served with the agency for 1 year. He was survived by his wife, a 9 year-old son, his parents, a brother, and a sister.

Bio

  • Age 28
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 67

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Mini 14
  • Offender Sentenced to death; died in prison

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After all these years I remember this day as if it were yesterday. I dispatched the shooting and it will never leave my mind or my heart. RIP Jerry

Charlotte Hess
Ex Dispatcher Palm Bay PD

November 23, 2014

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