Police Officer Eddie Johnson, Jr.
Alton Police Department, Missouri
End of Watch: Monday, October 20, 2014
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: October 20, 2014
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Rusty Warren
Alton Police Department
101 Pine Street
PO Box 247
Alton, MO 65606
Phone: (417) 778-7115
Police Officer Eddie Johnson was killed in a single vehicle crash while responding to a structure fire at a home in Royal Oak, approximately six miles west of Alton.
During the response his patrol car left U.S. 160 fives miles west of Alton, struck a driveway entrance, and overturned several times. It is believed that Officer Johnson was not wearing his seat belt at the time.
Officer Johnson also served as the fire chief of the Alton Volunteer Fire Department as a reserved deputy with the Oregon County Sheriff’s Office.
An Alton police officer who is also a firefighter died after a crash on Monday. Eddie Johnson Jr., 45, was on his way to a house fire six miles west of Alton when he lost control, went off the left side of the highway, hit a driveway approach, and rolled his police cruiser several times. He was ejected from the vehicle.
The crash was on U.S. 160 about five miles west of Alton. An ambulance took the officer to the hospital in West Plains but he did not survive. State troopers think Johnson was not wearing his safety belt.
The Alton Fire Department was responding with other area fire departments to a house fire at an area known locally as Royal Oak. The fire destroyed the home.
Besides being a full-time police officer and volunteer fire chief, Johnson also was an Oregon County reserve sheriff’s deputy. He’d been fire chief since 2010 and worked in the Alton Police Department for nine years. His wife and three children survive him.
U.S. 160 was closed for several hours while a Missouri State Highway Patrol major crash investigation team did its measurements and investigation