Police Officer John Carroll Koppin

Police Officer John Carroll Koppin

Miami Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, December 26, 1984

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John Carroll Koppin

Police Officer John Koppin was accidentally shot and killed when his service revolver discharged while he was cleaning it at 17 North Hibiscus Drive.

The round struck him in his leg, severing his femoral artery, causing him to bleed to death.

Officer Koppin was a U.S. Air Force veteran and he had served with the Miami Beach Police Department for only two years.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 53
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

accidental discharge

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Today a Charlotte CountyPolice Officer Christopher Taylor, that just turned 23 was laid to rest after being killed by a DUI. This brought back so many emotions.I still think about you and wonder what my life would be like if you were still here with us. I became a Police Officer to honor you and finish what you started as a Police Officer. I served 21 years, although I can never accomplish the greatness I know you would have accomplished, I hope I made you proud. You are forever in my heart. I love you forever.

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