Officer John A. Robertson

Officer John A. Robertson

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Monday, November 19, 1984

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John A. Robertson

Officer John Robertson was shot and killed while working a uniformed off-duty security job at a local hotel.

He was questioning a suspect behind the hotel at 1624 N. Black Canyon Highway about the robbery of two truck drivers when the suspect opened fire. Officer Robertson was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries two days later. Two women and a man were arrested in connection with the shooting and robbery.

Officer Robertson had been with the agency for eight years and was survived by his wife and two children. He was working a second job at the Sixpence Inn to save money for a special family Christmas.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 3127

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, November 17, 1984
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Three arrrested

off duty, robbery, suspicious person

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It is 3:48 a.m. and I can't sleep. I was thinking about police officers I knew and John Robinson and Gilbert Chavez came to mind. Gilbert Chavez last comment to (the late )Reserve Sgt. Naegle and me, after we backed him on a call for the 2nd time in the shift was that he appreciated Reserve Officers and what they do. A week later Gilbert was gone. John was the happiest person I ever knew. Always smiling he had a good word for everyone, even the people he was taking to jail. He was a great man. Both Gilbert and John were heroes and are greatly missed, still to this day.

Candy Cruse, Reserve Lieutenant
Phoenix Police Department

January 16, 2020

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