1976 - 2015 Age 38 Tour 14 years
We Honor the Sacrifice He Made
On March 24th, 2015, Officer Michael Johnson, a 14 year veteran, was assigned to work patrol District Lincoln. 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. While on scene, 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 multiple shots without warning. One shot struck Officer Johnson, killing him instantly. Another officer returned fire and killed the subject. His heroic efforts most likely saved other lives that day.
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.