Auxiliary Officer Todd C. Johnson

Auxiliary Officer Todd C. Johnson

Rock Island Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, October 20, 1993

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Todd C. Johnson

Auxiliary Officer Todd Johnson was accidentally shot and killed during the demonstration of a disarming technique in the civil defense room at the Henry County Jail at 311 W. Center Street in Cambridge.

The officer who disarmed Officer Johnson was unaware that Officer Johnson had reloaded his weapon when he thought the training had concluded. The other officer took the weapon from Officer Johnson, pointed it, and fired, killing Officer Johnson instantly.

Four days later, while showing another officer what had happened, Auxiliary Captain Richard Shurtz accidentally shot and killed himself.

Auxiliary Officer Johnson had served with the Rock Island Police Department for one year. He is survived by his parents and brother.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

accidental discharge, training

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Officer Johnson,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Rock Island. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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October 20, 2023

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