Officer John Arthur Adair

Officer John Arthur Adair

Oxnard Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, October 7, 1980

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John Arthur Adair

Officer Adair was shot and killed while responding to a domestic dispute. Despite being mortally wounded, Officer Adair, and his partner, were able to return fire and killed the suspect.

Officer Adair's wife was on a ride along with him at the time and witnessed the shooting.

Officer Adair was survived by his wife and two children. One of his children later became an Oxnard police officer.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 18

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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John was one of my mentors in the first two years on the street. When ever I had a question John was my "go to" guy. During the summer of '80 I helped John build a block wall for the Mc Donnells. Now, every time I drive by that wall I think of John. Then, that terrible day came when I was dispatched to the Shooting on Sealane Way. John was a great example of an officer and a father. I believe we learned a lot from him and from the experiences of that terrible day. Decades have passed, but John has not been forgotten.

Senior Officer Scott Swenson, Retired
Oxnard Police Department

October 7, 2021

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