Chief of Police John Edward Roberts

Chief of Police John Edward Roberts

Gordon Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, November 24, 1978

John Edward Roberts

Chief Roberts suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after struggling with a suspect who had just escaped from the police department. Chief Roberts chased the man a short distance and was able to subdue him before collapsing.

Chief Roberts had served with the Gordon Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 1

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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To: LT John Roberts, GPSTC

I understand the passion and commitment you instill in myself and my fellow cadets everyday. I know your dad did his job well, but an even better job as a father because you are an excellent instructor!

Cadet A. Woods
Griffin PD

October 17, 2017

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