Officer William L. Johnson

Officer William L. Johnson

Springboro Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, June 27, 1983

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William L. Johnson

Officer Bill Johnson was struck by a drunk driver and killed while investigating two suspicious people walking along Ohio 73 at 12:30 am.

Officer Johnson was traveling eastbound on Ohio 73 when he stopped in the right-hand lane to talk to two people standing on the road. When he exited his patrol cruiser, a truck traveling eastbound hit the rear of his vehicle and then struck Officer Johnson. He was transported to Sycamore Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The drunk driver was placed on work release while in the county jail and released after three months.

Officer Johnson was a United States Marine Corps veteran who had served with the Springboro Police Department for nine years and previously served with the Clearcreek Township. He was survived by his wife, son, and three daughters. In 2023, his grandson was sworn in as a Springboro Police Officer.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 5
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to work release

DUI, suspicious person

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Officer William L. Johnson of the Springboro Police Department, Ohio and the additional 56 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

June 27, 2023

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