Let us pause to remember our fallen hero Officer Ryan C. Johnson, Sr., lost this day in 1992.
Officer Johnson was born on December 2, 1966. He was raised in Prince George’s County and attended Bladensburg High School. Upon graduating from high school, he served with honor and distinction in the United States Army. Officer Johnson joined the Prince George’s County Police Department in 1990 and was assigned to the Oxon Hill station.
On the evening of April 16, 1992, Officer Johnson was approached by three suspects as he was exiting his personal car in Capitol Heights. One of the armed suspects announced a robbery. Officer Johnson drew his service weapon and exchanged gunfire with the suspects. During the exchange, Officer Johnson suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Officer Johnson was rushed to a hospital where he sadly succumbed to his injuries on April 22, 1992.
Officer 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 29th law enforcement officer to give his life while serving this Profession within Prince George’s County.
At the time of his death, Officer Ryan C. Johnson, Sr. was 25 years old and survived by his wife and two sons.