Inspector John R. Johnston

Inspector John R. Johnston

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, June 27, 1946

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John R. Johnston

Inspector Johnston was shot and killed while investigating possible burglary activity. He observed a suspicious male and called him over to his unmarked car. While talking to this male, the male shot Inspector Johnson several times while Inspector Johnson was still seated behind the wheel of his car. No one knew of the shooting until an off duty police officer stopped to investigate Inspector Johnston's vehicle, which was still parked in the middle of the street. The suspect was later apprehended and convicted of Inspector Johnston's murder.
Inspector Johnston had been with the agency for 18 years and was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Convicted

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Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

June 27, 2018

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