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

Patrolman

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

Incident Date: 2/20/1983

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: 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. He is eligible for parole in 2007.

Patrolman Johnson had served with the agency for 2 years. He was survived by his wife.

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I WAS ON DUTY THAT NIGHT IN A PURSUIT ON SR-52, WE THOUGHT AT THE TIME THE MURDER WAS THE ONE WE WERE IN PURSUIT OF. I WAS ON THE CHP AND AM A FORMER SDPD OFFICER. I FELT ANGERED WHEN HOMICDE,CAME AND FOOT PRINTED ALL OF THE PATROL CARS AT THE SAN DIEGO CHP OFFICE. I FELT ACCUSED. THE FUNERAL WAS BY FAR THE STRANGEST POLICE FUNERAL I HAVE EVER BEEN TOO. EVERYONE WAS SO HAPPY NOT SAD. IT WAS THE CELERATION OF LIFE NOT DEATH. THIS ONE OF THE WORST MURDERS I CAN REMEBER AND I RECALL SO MANY, MOSTLY IN SAN DIEGO. I HAVE NIGHTMARES ABOUT THIS INCIDENT.

CHP MOTOR OFFICER EX-SDPD
SDPD, CHP
July 11, 2013

 

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