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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John, I think of you and your family always after all these years. I can recall the many times we rode as partners callsign 8K14. It was men like you that made the job worth while. My son was only 8 months old when you were killed, but he knows your name as well as I anyone who called you friend. Thank you for the many times you made me laugh and the calmness you brought to every call. I remember how we joked about our military service, you in the Marines and me in the Air Force. Sadly, I recall when I got the telephone call from fellow team 83 Officer Tim Callahan to come to the hospital, and how I wept after seeing so many of us praying for you and your wife. I will always be grateful for the moments I spent with you and your young family that summer of 1984. Almost 36 years later I still think of your patrol car humor, laughter, and your display of compassion in everything you did - Semper Fi my friend!

Officer Raymond Salazar #3785
Phoenix Police , Arizona
Maryvale Precinct Team 83

May 24, 2021

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