Special Agent Johnnie L. Oliver

Special Agent Johnnie L. Oliver

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, August 9, 1979

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Johnnie L. Oliver

Special Agent Oliver was shot and killed as he and several other agents were serving an arrest warrant in Cleveland, Ohio. Agent Oliver confronted the suspect in a bedroom, at which time he was shot with a .32 caliber revolver.

The 20-year-old suspect, wanted for kidnapping, rape, and armed robbery, was on the FBI's 10 most wanted list. He was apprehended a week later in Youngstown. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. As of 2021 he was in a federal prison in Coleman, Florida.

Special Agent Oliver had been with the agency for eight years and was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Ohio
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I learned of you and your heroic sacrifice while reading The FBI Way. I was proud to see the FBI represented you in person at the parole hearing for your assailant. They continue to honor your legacy. May God bless your family!

Deputy Chief Mike Smathers
Albuquerque Police Department

March 13, 2021

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