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

Special Officer Elliot 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 and 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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Officer Johnson, it has been 50 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

September 4, 2023

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