Officer Robert L. Johnson, Jr.

Officer Robert L. Johnson, Jr.

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Saturday, April 26, 1997

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Robert L. Johnson, Jr.

Officer Robert Johnson was shot and killed and another officer was shot and wounded at approximately 10:30 pm as the result of a parking problem.

They had just gotten off duty and became involved in the altercation near the intersection of Benning Road and 43rd Road, NE. The suspect told them he would be back to settle it after both officers identified themselves. When he returned he opened fire on them unexpectedly.

He was the third Metropolitan police officer killed in two months and the second killed within one block of a police station. Both suspects in his murder were convicted of first degree murder on May 22nd, 1998.

Officer Johnson had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 809

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Both convicted of 1st Degree murder

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Officer Johnson,
On today, the 23rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the District of Columbia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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April 26, 2020

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