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 drugs 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 and served with the Atlanta Police Department for three years. He 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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Niles was a good man. Give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. I worked for and with Niles. I'd trade places with him right now. I owe Niles my life he saved it more than once. To be killed like he was is wrong. To this day I believe he was set up to be killed by the scum he hunted. He cared about the people he was there to protect...

Joseph Fields

December 16, 2022

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