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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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This is long overdue. I was the dispatcher for SDPD operations that took the call from Johnson when he saw the unidentified sheriff car parked in a small park in Claremont. I was involved in the original freeway and area closures in the surrounding area. That day was so traumatic for me I resigned a few days after. I was a young post college student with city dispatcher as a part time job. Lt Johnson used to always come visit with the graveyard shift. He was a nice, kink individual. My condolences go out to his family and friends. May he rest in Peace

Sharon Davis-civilian
ex graveyard shift dispatcher SD
July 2, 2014

 

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