Officer Gerald Douglas Johnson

Officer Gerald Douglas Johnson

Palm Bay Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, April 23, 1987

Gerald Douglas Johnson

Officer Gerald Johnson and Officer Ronald Grogan were shot and killed while responding to the scene of a mass shooting during which a man had gone on a shooting spree with a Ruger Mini 14 rifle, killing four civilians and wounding another 14.

The suspect took hostages at a supermarket and as the officers arrived he opened fire on them, killing Officer Grogan before he was able to exit his patrol car. Officer Johnson was able to exit his vehicle and return fire before being struck in the foot and knocked down. As he was reloading the suspect approached him and shot him at point-blank range.

The suspect was captured later in the night. He was convicted of the murders and was subsequently sentenced to death. While awaiting his execution he died of natural causes at age 82 on November 29, 2009.

Officer Johnson had served with the agency for 1 year. He was survived by his wife, a 9 year-old son, his parents, a brother, and a sister.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 67

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Mini 14
  • Offender Sentenced to death; died in prison

Most Recent Reflection

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Jerry, I miss you all the time. I can't describe the pain I still feel deep in my heart, so deep that sometimes I just can't make it stop. I hurt a lot the month of February as that was your birthday and the month we both shared birthdays. I hurt even more the month of April as that was the month you died and when you left, part of me died with you. You are on my mind so often. I think about our childhood together and then as adults as we became even closer. Your time here was cut too short, but my memories of you live within me. Dad joined you in heaven a few years ago and I hope he's found you. I so miss him as well. Jerry, I love you so much and I know one day I'll see you and dad again. Love always and forever, your "little sisterita".

Laurie Ann Feagle
Sister of Officer Gerald Johnson EOW 04/23/87 Palm Bay Police Dept

October 11, 2018

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