Remembering Fallen Officer Michael Johnson

On March 24th, we remember fallen San Jose Police Officer Michael Johnson. Tough times for  the Police Department were made even tougher when Officer Johnson was killed by a suicidal man who was mentally ill.


Below is the San Jose Police Department's account of this tragedy.



On March 24th, 2015, Officer Michael Johnson, a 14 year veteran, was assigned to work patrol as "61L6" in Western Division. At approximately 1848 hours, Officer Johnson responded to the 2600 block of Senter Road on the report of an intoxicated, possibly suicidal subject at an apartment. Officers learned that the subject possibly had access to two handguns. Officer Johnson along with other officers set up a perimeter around the apartment and took cover behind vehicles. The subject exited the apartment onto a second floor balcony and fired one shot without warning. The shot struck Officer Johnson, killing him instantly. Another officer returned fire and killed the subject.


A memorial service was held for Officer Johnson on April 2nd, 2015 at the SAP Center. Over 8,000 people attended the services.


Officer Johnson was the twelfth San Jose Police Officer killed in the line of duty.