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Patrolman Kirk Leland Johnson | San Diego Police Department, California San Diego Police Department, California


Kirk Leland Johnson

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, February 20, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Kirk Johnson was shot and killed by a 17-year-old boy who had stolen his father's sheriff's uniform and marked patrol car. When Patrolman Johnson pulled up to next to what he thought was a uniformed deputy the suspect opened fire, killing him.

The case remained unsolved for over a month before a witness came forward and identified the suspect. The suspect was subsequently convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 17 years to life in prison.

Patrolman Johnson had served with the San Diego Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife.

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I often handed off that beat to Kirk. I never go by there without thinking of him. I now teach at National University and the senseless, baffling nature of this crime persists to this day. I was studying today to teach Investigations next month and found myself re-living the horrible day he was killed and feeling the loss again, along with the anxiety during the investigation. Yet the one thing that stays with me, Kirk always made me smile. He loved his job and we loved him.

Marc Bailey former SDPD Patrol
Current Reserve ECPD
September 19, 2015


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