Lieutenant Johnnie C. Shoates

Lieutenant Johnnie C. Shoates

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, December 7, 1986

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 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.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Lt. Johnnie C. Shoates will never ever be forgotten. May his soul rest in Heaven, and may our Lord God forever bless Mrs. Shoates and their three children.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

February 16, 2018

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