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Hero Down: Miami PD Officer Aubrey Johnson Jr. Dies From Injury Complications

Miami, FL – Miami Police Officer Aubrey Johnson Jr. died in the line of duty on Oct. 1 from a blood clot that developed after he was injured while chasing a narcotics suspect in September.

Miami police officials said Officer Johnson tore his right Achilles’ tendon while chasing a drug suspect on Sept. 17, WFOR reported.

The 28-year-old officer was treated by doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital who prescribed pain medication and sent him home to recover.

Officer Johnson was placed on temporary disability leave until he could return to light duty, WFOR reported.

Miami Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) President Tommy Reyes said that Officer Johnson called a family member on Thursday evening and asked them to come over because he wasn’t feeling right, WPLG reported.

“He made a phone call to his family and by the time they arrived, he was unconscious,” Reyes said.

Officer Johnson was transported to Jackson North Medical Center where he died from a blood clot, WPLG reported.

The autopsy report from the Medical Examiner’s Office released on Monday said that the hero died from a pulmonary thromboembolism that occurred due to deep vein thrombosis as a result of decreased mobility and a right leg injury.

The union president said the fallen officer was the son of a retired police dispatcher and a high-ranking Miami Police Department staff member.

He also said Officer Johnson was Miami Police Athletic League (PAL) youth counselor and volunteered coaching a children’s football team, WPLG reported.

Officer Johnson joined the Miami Police Department in 2015.

“His classmates from the Academy and the people he currently works with, they are torn to pieces because they say he was such an amazing person,” Reyes said.

Officer Johnson is survived by his parents and siblings, WPLG reported.

He will be buried with full police honors on Thursday at Caballero Rivero Dade North in Opa-locka after a funeral service at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Miami Gardens.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Miami Police Officer Aubrey Johnson Jr., both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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