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 Johnson was struck by a drunk driver and killed while investigating two suspicious people walking along Ohio 73. The drunk driver was placed on work release while in the county jail and released after three months.

Officer Johnson had been with the Springboro Police Department for nine years. He was survived by his wife, son, and three daughters.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 5

Incident Details

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

DUI, suspicious person

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I never got to meet you, but please know I am a part of you. I am adopted. I knew from age 6, I was adopted, I had th most wonderful parents a boy could have. I always felt, I had siblings but never tried to pursue my curiosity until 2019. My wife gave me a DNA kit for Christmas.
Once I got the results and the names of a few, I started to dig and discovered I am the oldest of 6. You never knew of me, as my mother never told you. I am so very proud of being your son. I have since met all of my siblings and have been welcomed with open arms. I have become close to many of them.
Please know, I am your son. I am a part of you and am honored to be your son.
One day we will meet and grow close as any father and son can be. I love you and am saddened by not having known you and not knowing for all the missed years. The man who killed you, robbed both of us, the opportunity to know each other.
I miss you dad

Bob (Timothy Lee) Gibbs
Oldest son

January 24, 2023

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