Chief of Police Samuel A. Johnson, Sr.

Chief of Police Samuel A. Johnson, Sr.

Dexter Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, September 11, 1987

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Samuel A. Johnson, Sr.

Chief Johnson was shot and killed when he was ambushed while responding to a shots fired call on Pillar Point at 1830 hours. A man had just murdered a friend and then went to a nearby intersection and setup an ambush. As Chief Johnson responded to the shots fired call, not knowing a murder had been committed, he slowed at the intersection to turn when the suspect opened fire on him with the shotgun. Chief Johnson's patrol car ran into a guard rail where the man came up and shot him several more times before stealing his radio and service weapon.

After other units failed to reach Chief Johnson on the radio they went to investigate and found where he had been shot. After a high speed pursuit the suspect was shot several times and wounded. He plead guilty on reason of insanity and was committed to a state hospital.

Chief Johnson had been with the agency for 13 years and was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, September 7, 1987
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Committed

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I worked with Sam for a lot of years. He was a good man and a good police officer. As a young cop on the beat Sam helped me out many times,and I learned a lot form him. He is missed by every one. Chief Thomas and I responded to the call also,and we were shocked that Sam had been killed. We had to go to his house and tell his wife Joan. This is some thing that will be with me forever. When a police officer is killed,a little piece of America dies with him. R.I.P. My Brother.9/11/2015 will mark 28 years. So sorry my friend,my brother.

Deputy Police Chief ( Retired )
Glen Park Brownville Dexter Police Dept.

September 9, 2015

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