Officer John Walter Armatoski

Officer John Walter Armatoski

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Friday, May 1, 1953

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John Walter Armatoski

Officer John Armatoski was struck and killed by a drunk driver as he stood beside a car he had stopped near Needles, California.

The 57-year-old driver was jailed for drunk driving and other charges. Five days later he hanged himself in his jail cell.

Officer Armatoski had served with the agency for 5 years.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 1281

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Committed suicide

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This was year I was born. My father was a California Highway Patrolman serving in Los Angeles. He had 5 years on the job. My family lived through the Newhall incident, numerous riots (Watts/Berkeley etc), the Harbor Blvd. shootings. My father stayed strong and served 30 years. I respect his service and all who have worn the Blue and Gold.

Jim Woodward

May 2, 2019

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