Director Larry Johnson
Fifth Judicial District Drug Task Force, Arkansas
End of Watch: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: March 26, 2013
Weapon Used: Person
Suspect Info: Apprehended
Agency Contact Information
Fifth Judicial District Drug Task Force
100 West Main, Fourth Floor
Russellville, AR 72802
Phone: () –
Director Larry Johnson suffered a fatal heart attack while involved in a foot pursuit with a parolee in Clarksville, Arkansas.
Director Johnson, along with other officers, had gone to the man’s home to conduct a home visit. The subject fled on foot upon the officers’ arrival. The subject was taken into custody and charged with fleeing from police.
A Drug Task Force director died Tuesday night while pursuing a suspect in Clarksville, Ark.
Fifth Judicial District Drug Task Force Director Larry Johnson was in a foot chase with a man suspected of violating parole when he collapsed, according to The Democrat-Gazette.
Officials told the newspaper that Johnson was performing a routine compliance check at the suspect’s residence when the suspect fled from him.
The 65-year-old law enforcement officer collapsed in an area near the University of the Ozarks and was pronounced dead after being transported to a local hospital.
Johnson County Coroner Todd McAteer told the newspaper that the cause of death is believed to be a heart attack but that has not yet been confirmed.
Authorities took the suspect into custody Wednesday morning, according to Clarksville Police Chief Greg Donaldson.
"Larry was a friend, confidante, and brother in blue who gave his life protecting and serving the citizens of Clarksville, Johnson County, and the State of Arkansas," Donaldson said in a statement.