Police Officer Larry Don Johnson

Police Officer Larry Don Johnson

Sparks Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch Monday, May 22, 1995

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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Although I've never been connected to law enforcement, Larry was one of my friends and our next door neighbor at the time of his passing.After all these years I still visit both the memorials (in Reno & Carson City) where his name is engraved with other fallen officers from our area and give thanks to God that such a person as Larry was in my life.At the time I was married and we had three small children.Larry was definitely the best neighbor I ever had.During Christmas, he would actually leave gifts for the children on our doorstep on Christmas morning....and that's before I hardly knew him!He was always available to talk to if I was having trouble in my marriage (what young couple doesn't?)or offer a ride if we needed one.Just things like that.He was just a real easy person to talk to who would actually listen and give good advice and encouragement.Larry was the real deal.
It's a blessing and an honor to have known someone like Larry Johnson. He will never be forgotten.

Mr.David Slatton
Neighbor and friend.

September 27, 2017

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