|Officer Ryan C. Johnson Sr.|
Let us pause to remember our Fallen Hero, Officer Ryan C. Johnson, Sr., lost this day in 1992 as a result of gunshot wounds sustained six days earlier while trying to thwart an armed robbery attempt in Henry Sector.
Ofc. Johnson was born on December 2, 1966 in Washington, D.C. He was raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland and attended Bladensburg High School. Upon graduating from high school, Ofc. Johnson served with honor and distinction in the United States Army, receiving an honorable discharge in 1987. Ofc. Johnson joined the Prince George’s County Police Department on June 18, 1990 and, upon completion of his Academy training, was assigned to District IV as a member of Squad 36.
On April 16, 1992 at approximately 2240 hrs. Ofc. Johnson was exiting his personal vehicle in the 1000 Blk. Brooke Rd. Capitol Heights, Maryland when he was approached by three suspects. One of the suspects produced a handgun and announced a robbery. Ofc. Johnson drew his service weapon and exchanged gunfire with the suspects. The suspects then fled the scene. Ofc. Johnson sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his neck and torso and was rushed to Prince George’s Hospital Center. He courageously battled his injuries for the next six days before succumbing at 1514 hrs. on the afternoon of April 22, 1992.
Ofc. Johnson served the Prince George’s County Police Department for two years and was the 18th member of this Agency to make the Ultimate Sacrifice. He was the 28th law enforcement officer to give his life while serving this Profession within Prince George’s County, Maryland.
At the time of his death, Officer Ryan C. Johnson, Sr. was 25 years old and survived by his wife and two sons.