Special Officer Elliott S. Johnson

Special Officer Elliott S. Johnson

Thomaston Police Department, Maine

End of Watch Saturday, September 1, 1973

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Elliott S. Johnson

Officer Johnson was struck and killed by a vehicle that attempted to run a roadblock. The driver of the vehicle, which was being driven chased by a Rockland police officer when he drove into the roadblock setup by Officer Johnson. The 23-year-old driver was slightly injured. His male passenger was killed.

The suspect, serving 2 to 4 years for breaking and entering at Thomaston Prison, was out on a weekend furlough. He was convicted of two counts of reckless homicide and sentenced to two 2.5 to 5 year terms to be served consecutively. On November 2, 1977, he escaped from prison, was quickly captured, and had more time added to his sentence.

Officer Johnson was a volunteer officer with the agency. He was employed as a janitor and bus driver for the local high school. He was survived by his wife, three sons, and three daughters.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Convicted of reckless homicide

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Rest in peace knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your fellow law enforcement.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 1, 2020

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