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Police Officer Larry Don Johnson | Sparks Police Department, Nevada Sparks Police Department, Nevada

Police Officer

Larry Don Johnson

Sparks Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch: Monday, May 22, 1995

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 11 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/22/1995

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Police Officer Larry Johnson was shot and killed while chasing a man who had attempted to rob a bar.

The subject had just been paroled one month earlier and was on bail after an arrest since his parole. He was chased into a residential area by another officer and exchanged gunfire with the officer.

Officer Johnson and other officers responded to the scene and began searching for the man. During the search the subject and Officer Johnson exchanged shots and Officer Johnson was fatally wounded. Other officers on the scene returned fire and killed the subject.

Officer Johnson had served with the Sparks Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his son and daughter.

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Dear Larry:

Wow! In October of 1994, I remember when I left Reno enroute to Texas, I last saw you in the bank parking lot, and that's when you gave me your business card and you wrote your home number on the back. You told me to contact you once I got set up in Texas. Just a few months later,I couldn't get a hold of you and decided to call your department. That's when the Watch Commander told me you had gone home to be with the Lord. I cried big tears that day sir. Just to let you know, I had that same business card lamenated, and for 15 plus years, I kept it in my walet as a reminder of officer safety. Now that I'm no longer in law enforcement, I just now not too long ago have taken the card out of my walet and placed it amongst all my other law enforcement memorbillia. We'll see each other again someday my friend.

Kevin M. McNair
April 15, 2014


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