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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You are in our hearts. You honored all your brothers and sisters in blue and gold ….We Praise you for your dedicated service and your service to the citizens of California. I hope your family knows how much you mean to us. Rest In Peace and May God watch over you.

State Traffic Officer 7185.
California Highway Patrol & US Marine

May 1, 2022

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