Correctional Officer V Lonnie D. Johnson, Jr.

Correctional Officer V Lonnie D. Johnson, Jr.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, March 6, 2022

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Lonnie D. Johnson, Jr.

Correctional Officer V Lonnie Johnson died as a result of contracting COVID-19 while serving at the Coffield Unit at 2661 FM2054 in Tennessee Colony.

Officer Johnson had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division for 8 1/2 years. He is survived by his daughter.

The Effects of COVID on Law Enforcement

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.

Corrections agencies, in particular, suffered tremendous losses due to the constant and close proximity between the corrections officers and large inmate populations. Since March 2020, ODMP has verified that over 900 law enforcement officers have died as the result of a confirmed or presumed exposure while on duty and continues to work with hundreds of other agencies that have suffered a COVID-related death.

Visit ODMP's COVID-19 memorial listing every officer who has died as a result of a confirmed or presumed exposure.


  • Age 67
  • Tour 8 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Sunday, January 23, 2022

communicable disease, COVID-19

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I am so sorry to learn of the grievous loss of Correctional Officer Johnson when he died in the line of duty from Covid. To the Johnson family, fellow officers , and all who call Lonnie beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support. I hope that you continue to receive that same kind of support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Correctional Officer Johnson gave to his community and the residents of Texas and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 6, 2022.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 1, 2022

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