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In Memory of Officer Robert L. Johnson

Robert L. Johnson

Date of Death: April 27, 1997

Just wanted to remember my very long time friend during this holiday season. Officer Johnson was a former school buddy of mine in addition to a partner in music interest & law enforcement. He was just an all around great & hilarious guy!!!!

Bobby will always be remembered "to me" for his ability to keep you laughing as we often spoke about the old times, growing up and becoming mature adults. Continued Blessings to the entire Johnson family!

— Ms. Mercedes Leonard
Submitted December 17, 2008

In loving memory of one who touched so many. We thank God for Jesus and the time we spent with our beloved Husband and Father. These days that pass are not the same without you and they will never be. You'll never be forgotten! A part of you will always remain.

— Yvette, Bobby, Ryheir
Submitted April 27, 2000 (via Washington Post)

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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