Investigator Donald R. Johnston

Investigator Donald R. Johnston

El Monte Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, November 22, 2002

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Donald R. Johnston

Investigator Donald Johnston succumbed to an illness contracted as a result of a gunshot wound received 12 years earlier.

The shooting occurred when he responded to a call at a bank near the intersection of Valley Mall and Ramona Boulevard involving a male attempting to cash a forged check. Investigator Johnston was confronted by the suspect who pulled out a gun. As Investigator Johnston pushed a civilian out of the line of fire, he was shot in the neck. The shot caused Investigator Johnston paralysis below the waist.

The suspect was apprehended but later committed suicide in jail.

Although confined to a wheelchair, Investigator Johnston continued serving with the El Monte Police department as a background investigator and helicopter observer. His health continued to deteriorate and he contracted cancer as a result.

Investigator Johnston had been employed with the El Monte Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, January 29, 1990
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide


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I miss Don very much.
I used to "Hot Fuel" him and Bob Muse in their R-44 Helo.
He convinced me to attend the Police Academy, which I did. I got hired by the City of Montebello but it did not work out for me.
I will never forget his good grace and spirit, as he was a great man and I will never forget him :-)

David K Stonecypher

January 16, 2022

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