Officer Niles Frederick Johantgen

Officer Niles Frederick Johantgen

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, December 21, 1991

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Niles Frederick Johantgen

Officer Johantgen was shot and killed as he was frisking a suspect on Henry Thomas Drive. Another man hit Officer Johantgen in the back of the head from behind, then shot him in the back of the head as he lay on the ground. The man who attacked him was upset that Officer Johantgen had arrested a man for drug's in the suspect's home and that he was searching three of the suspect's friends.

The suspect was sentenced to death in 1993. In 2017, the suspect agreed to life in prison without parole after an appeals judge threw out the death sentence.

Officer Johantgen was a United States Marine Corps veteran. He had been with the Atlanta Police Department for three years. Officer Johantgen is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Life without parole

narcotics, arrest

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