Police Officer John David Patton

Police Officer John David Patton

Carrabelle Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, July 9, 1977

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John David Patton

Police Officer John Patton was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call on CR-67, near Avenue G. He was shot with a .308 caliber rifle as he stepped out of his patrol car when he arrived at the scene.

The suspect then exited his house and committed suicide.

Officer Patton had served with the Carrabelle Polie Department for one year. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .308 caliber
  • Offender Committed suicide

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I remember John David Patton from school in Grove City. Ohio. But I knew him as David Patton. I have thought about him many times over the years and had wished that maybe we would have met again. I had heard that he served in Viet Nam and lost his life there. I posted something on Facebook, and another graduate of Grove City High School 1967, knew about him and told me what she knew about really happened to him. She told me what she knew that really happened to him, that he died on the streets of Florida. David Patton as one of the nicest person toward me. He was a kind soul, and I remember this boy as being one of the only boys nice to me. I always said that if I ever had a baby boy that I would name him after David Patton. I'm so terribly sorry that he loss his life at such young age. But with that, I am so happy of the imprint his nice ways left in my heart.

Fellow student from Grove City, Ohio
Fellow student from Grove City, Ohio and graduate of GCHS 1967's

January 6, 2022

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