Nine-Year-Old With Rare Condition Made Honorary Lincoln County Detective

LINCOLNTON, N.C. —  On Wednesday, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office promoted a nine-year-old boy, with a rare form of dwarfism, to the rank of Honorary Detective.

Landen Johnosn was born with primordial dwarfism, which only affects one in every 4,000,000 births.  Landen’s specific dwarfism is Ligase 4 deficiency, which affects the immune system; however, his body is perfectly proportionate, unlike with other types of dwarfism.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office found out Landen had an obsession with law enforcement and crime scene investigations, so they made him an Honorary Detective on May 21st, 2019.

Detective Landen received his own office where he completed paperwork before being dispatched to a breaking and entering crime scene that the Sheriff’s Office set up for him to investigate.

Landen was able to examine the scene, take photographs, mark items for evidence, conduct measurements, and collect fingerprints and DNA samples from the crime scene.  He was able to collect enough evidence to identify, locate, and apprehend the suspect.

Before the day ended, Landen was dispatched to a drone operation, where he operated the Sheriff’s Office drone for a surveillance operation.  After the drone operation, he inspected the Special Operations fleet, including the MRAP Armored Rescue Vehicle, Swat Equipment Vehicle, Mobile Command Center, and Dive Team vehicle.

Finally, Landen was presented with his honorary detective shirt, nameplate, and crime scene kit, before he had lunch with his fellow detectives.

Congratulations to Honorary Detective Landen Johnson.