Police Officer James M. "Jimmy" Johnson, Jr.

Police Officer James M. "Jimmy" Johnson, Jr.

Carrollton Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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James M. "Jimmy" Johnson, Jr.

Officer Jimmy Johnson succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained almost 30 years earlier as he and two other officers questioned an armed man.

The suspect had come into town with $20,000 in cash in preparation to conduct a large drug deal. As the man and a female acquaintance were watching a movie prior to the drug deal someone broke into the man's truck and stole the money.

The female alerted a gas station clerk that the man was armed with a shotgun and asked the clerk to call the police. Officer Johnson and two other officers located the suspect behind a the First Tuesday Mall and blocked his truck in with their patrol cars.

Both occupants of the truck exited the vehicle and the officers recovered the shotgun from inside the truck. After speaking for a few moments the man pulled out a .38 caliber revolver and attempted to escape, holding Officer Johnson hostage.

The man retook possession of the shotgun and started walking Officer Johnson away from the scene. A struggle ensued and the suspect shot Officer Johnson in the back with the .38 caliber revolver, severely wounding him. The suspect was shot and wounded in the ensuing shootout with the other officers and taken into custody.

Officer Johnson was partially paralyzed from the gunshot wound. He worked for months to learn to walk again but was only able to return to work as a Police Officer for a short time due to the extreme pain he suffered from the gunshot. He left the
force in August 1983 and was awarded the departments two highest medals, the Medal of Valor and the Purple Heart.

Officer Johnson passed away from the wound on May 26, 2010. His death was ruled a homicide by the county coroner from the effects of the gunshot wound sustained on November 11, 1980.

At the time of the shooting, Officer Johnson had served with the Carrollton Police Department for just under four years. He is survived by his wife.

Bio

  • Age 55
  • Tour 3 years, 8 months
  • Badge 81

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, November 11, 1980
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Not available

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I had not heard of 'Jimmy's passing until just a few months ago now. I was deeply saddened to hear that after his long struggle he crossed on over. My deepest heartfelt condolences to all of Jimmy's family. You see I met Jimmy late one night just a few shifts before he was shot. My dad was on duty at what was then West Ga. College, and I was riding with him. Jimmy had stopped a car for something, and "it didn't look right to him" and dad was already nearby him, so we arrived within a few seconds to provide any necessary backup. Jimmy wound up having to put hands on and with Dad's assistance got the suspect under quick control and placed in the squad. Later that night, Officer Johnson called dad over the radio and asked his location. Since I was on naval leave at the time, and was not in law enforcement directly, I had to "observe" the earlier arrest. Long story short, when Jimmy (I call him that now because he told me to call him that way back then). When we met up with Jimmy in the College Landscaping maintenance parking lot, dad introduced Jimmy and me. As we stood outside the patrol cars talking for during some late night down time and enjoying a cup of coffee, Jimmy invited me to maybe do some ride alongs with him if I was going to be home long enough. After our conversation and we were all in our respective areas, dad told me that, "unless something happens, that young officer is one you should get to know." Dad spoke very highly of Jimmy and his eagerness to serve and protect. I did get that ride along in the next night if memory serves as it was again late at night and I think I was in his patrol unit for about a half hour or less before he got a call and I got out and returned home. I remember getting a letter a few days later from dad telling me about Jimmy having gotten shot and that he, (at the time) was likely going to be paralyzed. To wrap this up, I finished my naval hitch and as soon as an opportunity came, I too became a police officer. It was not long after the academy, while I was riding with my Training Sgt. Jimmy came to visit. He remembered me instantly and had that infectious grin come across his face. After the usual pleasantries, he turned very serious and said to me, "Tommy, I hope your career is long and exciting, but, please, don't make the mistake like I did." After a few moments more conversation, he left, and we returned to our duties. I saw him a few more times after that in various places around, and I was very excited to hear and see him back in uniform and saddened to learn that his injuries were going to prevent him from living out his lifelong dream. It was Officer James M Johnson that inspired me more than anyone else to become the best 'Cop' I could be. Mistakes, oh yeah I made a few but, my career was made more complete by having met and getting to know him. May he rest in peace and may he now look forever down from his precinct upon all the men and women of law enforcement.

Corporal/Dep Warden
West Ga College P.D. and Carroll County Prison-Dept of Corrections ret

June 4, 2021

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