Lieutenant Johnnie C. Shoates

Lieutenant Johnnie C. Shoates

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, December 7, 1986

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Johnnie C. Shoates

Lieutenant Shoates succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained 10 years earlier when he was shot during a robbery.

He was off duty, waiting in line at a fast food restaurant when a man entered the Church's Chicken at 12701 Joy Road around 12:50 a.m. and announced a robbery. Lieutenant Shoates identified himself and ordered the man to drop his gun. The man turned and opened fire, striking Lieutenant Shoates in the head. Lieutenant Shoates remained in a coma from the time of the shooting until his death 10 years later.

Lieutenant Shoates was survived by his wife and three children. (His wife was preganant with their thrid child when Lt. Shoates was shot).


  • Age 36
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, October 16, 1976
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and especially your incredibly heroic sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. God Bless your family and loved ones and I hope they take some small comfort in knowing that not only did your actions that day define heroism, but they in all likelihood saved other lives. God Speed.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

December 7, 2020

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