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Memorial to Robert L. Johnson

Robert L. Johnson

Officer Killed in the Line of Duty

Date of Death: April 27, 1997
Rank: Officer
Age: 31
Years of Service: Seven
Location of Death: 4300 block of Benning Road, NE


At approximately 10:30 on the evening of Saturday, April 26, 1997, officers responded to the 4300 block of Benning Road, NE, to investigate the sound of gun shots. Upon arrival, they discovered two male subjects suffering from gunshot wounds.

One of the victims, a 28 year-old Sergeant assigned to the department's Third District, was shot in the feet. His identity is being withheld because he is a witness in the case. The other victim was identified as off-duty officer Robert L. Johnson, Jr., assigned to the Sixth District. He had been shot in the chest. Both men were taken to DC General, where Officer Johnson was pronounced dead at 1 am, on April 27, 1997. He was 31 years old and a seven-year veteran with the department.

On April 28, 1997, 22-year-old Maurice Antonio Douglas of the 200 block of 43rd Road, NE was charged with Murder I While Armed in connection with the slaying of Officer Johnson.

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