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.

Bio

  • 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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I remember Officer Johnson, he gave me my first ticket as a 15 year old, don’t remember exactly what it was for. As he was writing the ticket my friends and I missed our bus, so he drove us all home in his squad car. He did things like that throughout his 2 years while he was stationed in my neighborhood, driving kids home to make sure they were safe. That was 40 years ago and I still remember him, and remember how stunned I was when he was killed. Rest In Peace Officer Johnson, your good character is still remembered by those who met you.

Laura Zirino
private citizen

January 24, 2021

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