Patrolman Kirk Leland Johnson

Patrolman Kirk Leland Johnson

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, February 20, 1983

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Kirk Leland Johnson

Patrolman Kirk Johnson was shot and killed by a 17-year-old boy who had stolen his father's sheriff's uniform and marked patrol car.

When Patrolman Johnson pulled up to next to what he thought was a uniformed deputy in San Clemente Park the suspect opened fire, killing him.

The case remained unsolved for over one month before a witness came forward and identified the suspect. The suspect was subsequently convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 17 years to life in prison.

Patrolman Johnson had served with the San Diego Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 1862

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

impersonator, juvenile offender, stolen vehicle

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Just talked with a chiefs assistant San Diego is considering renaming or putting up a memorial in the park where Kirk was murdered. Was contacted by his partner he has been trying for years to get this done. On the night Kirk was murdered they split them into separate one man patrol cars. This was due to officers calling in sick.
Tyberg is again up for Parole, see my last reflection, it has only been 18 months since the last hearing.
There is a possibility Tyberg will be paroled. California supreme court ruled that only the current threat to society can be considered. No matter how heinous the crime.
Letters opposing parole would be appreciated. Godspeed Eric Johnson Kirks brother

Eric Johnson
Brother Officer Kirk Johnson

August 13, 2020

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