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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The CHP Needles Area has created a challenge coin to pay tribute to Officer Armatoski and his ultimate sacrifice. We would like to present one to the surviving family. If they could contact us at 7603262000.

Officer C. Burrows

November 23, 2022

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