Police Officer Anthony Jerome Johnson

Police Officer Anthony Jerome Johnson

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, October 21, 1981

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Anthony Jerome Johnson

Officer Johnson was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to a bank robbery on Lee Road in the city's East Side. One of two suspects opened fire on both officers as they exited their patrol car. Officer Johnson managed to return fire paralyzing the shooter from the waist down. His partner suffered a broken leg while chasing the other suspect.

The 27-year-old shooter was sentenced to death, however, the Ohio governor commuted the sentence to life in prison. His 56-year-old accomplice was convicted of murder and robbery and sentenced to life. He died in prison on September 6, 1988.

Officer Johnson had served with the agency for less then 1 year. He was survived by his wife and young son.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge 2341

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Anthony Jerome Johnson of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 44 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

October 21, 2018

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