Police Officer Larry Don Johnson

Police Officer Larry Don Johnson

Sparks Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch Monday, May 22, 1995

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Larry Don Johnson

Police Officer Larry Johnson was shot and killed while chasing a man who had attempted to rob a bar.

The subject had just been paroled one month earlier and was on bail after an arrest since his parole. He was chased into a residential area by another officer and exchanged gunfire with the officer.

Officer Johnson and other officers responded to the scene and began searching for the man. During the search the subject and Officer Johnson exchanged shots and Officer Johnson was fatally wounded. Other officers on the scene returned fire and killed the subject.

Officer Johnson had served with the Sparks Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his son and daughter.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I worked with Larry Johnson when I was in college and a reserve officer for Sparks. I remember Larry as a helpful and kind officer who always had a smile on his face with a good sense of humor. He was a fine officer. I later got hired at the Sheriff's Office and was working as a detective when the shooting occurred. I responded to the area after the shooting which was only a few blocks from where I grew up. The suspect was hiding in the dark behind a bush and it appeared he had the tactical advantage--a sad night indeed. I went to the memorial in Washington to honor Larry. He was missed by all that knew him.

James Lopey, Asst Sheriff (Ret) & NVDPS
Friend and fellow peace officer

May 22, 2018

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