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August 4, 1987 | PAUL FELDMAN, Times Staff Writer
Speaking in a calm, almost relaxed, manner, Los Angeles Police Officer Archie Nagao testified Monday about a furious gun battle in Chinatown in which his partner, Duane Johnson, and two gunmen were killed in December, 1984. Nagao, who survived a bullet wound to the neck, and Johnson, 27, had entered the Jin Hing Co. jewelry store in response to a silent robbery alarm when the man who let them into the locked shop suddenly walked toward Nagao and lifted a gun toward the officer's head.
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August 4, 1987 | PAUL FELDMAN, Times Staff Writer
Speaking in a calm, almost relaxed, manner, Los Angeles Police Officer Archie Nagao testified Monday about a furious gun battle in Chinatown in which his partner, Duane Johnson, and two gunmen were killed in December, 1984. Nagao, who survived a bullet wound to the neck, and Johnson, 27, had entered the Jin Hing Co. jewelry store in response to a silent robbery alarm when the man who let them into the locked shop suddenly walked toward Nagao and lifted a gun toward the officer's head.
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May 27, 1988 | Associated Press
A 22-year-old man who killed a city police officer and wounded his partner during a botched 1984 Chinatown jewelry store robbery was sentenced today to life in prison without parole. Superior Court Judge Jean Matusinka imposed the sentence on Sang Nam Chinh of Rosemead, who was convicted in February of the Dec. 19, 1984, murder of Officer Duane Johnson, 27, and the attempted murder of his partner, Archie Nagao, who survived a gunshot wound in the neck.
NEWS
December 25, 1985
Los Angeles police have given protection to Officer Archie Nagao in response to death threats made against him by associates of Asian crime gang members killed in a Chinatown shoot-out last year, authorities said Tuesday. Nagao's partner, Duane Johnson, was killed in the exchange of gunfire. Alhambra police stopped four Asian men in a car Dec. 18 and seized a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol and a Mac-10 machine pistol, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1996
It was an Academy Awards-like day for Central City police and other law enforcement staffers Tuesday when employees of the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Division were honored in an annual ceremony at the downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel. Mayor Richard Riordan praised the Central Division, which is based on skid row, citing an 8% drop in reported violent crime and a 12% drop in nonviolent crime over the last year. Robert Lamont was honored as detective of the year.
MAGAZINE
February 7, 1988
I commend Arax for writing about a group of people that little is known about. I think that for him to risk personal injury so that he could write about the tragedy of the refugee youth took tremendous fortitude. However, I object to combining this story with the trial of Sang Nam Chinh. Arax painted a poetic picture of Chinh that sounded very sympathetic and patronizing. The description of the officer who was killed was not as poetic but just as misleading. No matter the circumstances, Chinh made a conscious decision to commit a crime that day in Chinatown and should be held responsible for his part in it. I believe Arax made Duane C. Johnson look like a big, dumb cop who was oblivious to what was happening during the holdup and who happened to get in the way of the bullets.
NEWS
April 11, 1988 | United Press International
The reputed mastermind of a Chinatown jewelry store holdup was spared a possible death sentence today when jurors convicted him of second-degree murder for killing a police officer during a wild shoot-out. A prosecutor, who had asked for a first-degree murder conviction, complained outside of court that defendant Hau Cheong Chan "got away with murder." Deputy Dist. Atty. Larry Longo said he did not understand the verdict. "I'm very disappointed," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1985
The family of a Los Angeles police officer slain in last December's Chinatown shoot-out with jewelry store bandits has been given $50,000 by the federal government, officials announced Thursday. The money, authorized by a 1976 law granting $50,000 each to the families of policemen killed in the line of duty, will go to Kathleen Johnson, widow of Officer Duane C. Johnson, 27, who was shot to death when he and his partner interrupted a holdup at Jin Hing Co. on Bamboo Lane Dec. 19.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1988
Yes, there are those who lack the heart it takes to confront the realities of life--and death--such as the juries involved in the murder trials of the Chinatown jewelry store robbery and killing of Officer Duane Johnson and the wounding of Officer Archie Nagao. The first jury didn't have the heart to give the death penalty to the killer of Johnson because of the killer's young age at the time of the crime and because he was raised in a violent society of Vietnam (Metro, April 5)
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January 5, 1985
Three men arrested on charges stemming from the Chinatown jewelry store shoot-out that left one policeman and two gunmen dead pleaded innocent Friday at their arraignment. Appearing before Municipal Judge Elva R.
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February 4, 1988 | TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writer
While relatives of slain Los Angeles Police Officer Duane Johnson sobbed quietly, a jury Wednesday returned a guilty verdict against one of two men accused of killing him during the robbery of a Chinatown jewelry store in 1984. Sang Nam Chinh, 22, calmly sat facing Superior Court Judge Jean Matusinka as the jury returned its verdict, finding Chinh guilty of two murders, attempted murder and robbery.
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