Police Officer David Lee "Star" Johnson

Police Officer David Lee "Star" Johnson

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Tuesday, May 2, 1944

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David Lee "Star" Johnson

Police Officer Star Johnson was shot and killed by an off-duty city detective in front of 219 East Jefferson Street.

The detective had become upset after Officer Johnson stopped one of his friends for running a stop sign. As the two argued the detective drew a revolver and fired five times, fatally wounding Officer Johnson.

The detective was acquitted at trial but was shot and killed by one of Officer Johnson's friends in an act of retaliation three days after returning to duty.

Officer Johnson was a U.S. Army veteran.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

traffic stop

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Heartbreaking such a thing could happen

Paul R Kaufman
Devastated citizen

May 27, 2023

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