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The Ultimate Sacrifice

This past Friday May 5th, Senior Constable John Atkinson, 37, a 15-year veteran of the Windsor Police, became the first member in the force’s 120 year history to be shot and killed.

From the Officer Down Memorial Page:

Constable John Atkinson
Windsor Police Service
End of Watch: Friday, May 5, 2006

Biographical Info
Age: 37
Tour of Duty: 15 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Friday, May 5, 2006
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Apprehended

Constable Atkinson was shot and killed while questioning two suspicious men he observed at a convenience store in a residential area. While questioning the men one of them produced a handgun and opened fire.

Despite being wounded, Constable Atkinson was able to return fire as the suspects fled. Two 18-year-old men were arrested a short time later.

Constable Atkinson had served with the agency for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and two young children.

Agency Contact Information
Windsor Police Service
P.O. Box 60
Windsor, ON N9A 6J5

Phone: (519) 255-6700

* Please contact the agency for funeral information

The convenience store that was the scene of the crime.

The police are still on the scene searching for evidence.

Along the fence beside the alley a memorial to Officer Atkinson has grown.

While people mourn around the corner, the police work thoroughly to scour the ground in the alley.

A poem taped to the telephone pole.

A card from some old high school friends. Officer Atkinson grew up and went to school and still lived with his family in this neighborhood.

A letter from some citizens, to the Police Officers.

A Divisional Commedation given to Officer Atkinson and his partner in 1996.

A pair of stuffed animals left at the memorial with notes from children.

A final view of the memorial. The whole time I was there taking photos, there were a steady stream of visitors. Some bringing flowers, many families, many people openly weeping. As much as the money people spend on flowers and stuffed animals to leave could be better put to use, through a donation to some kind of memorial fund, it is still a very moving scene.

The photos above are from last night at the Windsor Civic Terrace. There was a candle light vigil held for all citizens of the city hosted by mayor Eddie Francis and Police Chief Glen Stannard.

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