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Deputy High Constable Robert Marmaduke Johnson | Richmond High Constable's Office, Virginia Richmond High Constable's Office, Virginia

Deputy High Constable

Robert Marmaduke Johnson

Richmond High Constable's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Friday, December 5, 1958

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Deputy High Constable Robert Marmaduke Johnson was accidentally shot and killed by another deputy constable inside the constable's office in the Richmond City Hall.

Deputy Constable Johnson was cleaning his service revolver when the other constable asked him to clean his revolver as well. When the other constable reached into his coat pocket to retrieve his revolver, the gun discharged and the round struck Deputy Constable Johnson.

He was transported to the Medical College of Virginia Hospital where he died of his wound at approximately 0930 hours. The deputy constable who fired the weapon was taken to another hospital suffering from shock.

Deputy Constable Johnson had served with the Richmond High Constable's Office for 5 years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, and his sister. He was buried at Riverview Cemetery.

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My reflection is that I was a child, a neighbor, who was a best friend of Robert Marmaduke Johnson's daughter, deep into her life. I remember Robert and Margaret Johnson as a wonderful couple who loved their family and I remember the very day that it hit the news about his death. Time sometimes not heal hearts. What I can say to the grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even Aubrey and Ofa (I recall Aubrey and Ofa) is that it was nice knowing your family. I know of some other tragedies as well. I particularly remember Margaret and her sister who I called Aunt Lorraine. To all of you, your family has always been remembered in some people's hearts. I always loved your sister. I last saw her when she and I lived in Florida and I pray she is okay. I think of her often No closer person has ever been more like a sister. My mother and father are with your parents, Aubrey, and I hope they have reunited. God's touch is warm and kind. I know your family is proud of all their grandchildren and theirs. Much love.

Anonymous
grew up with Robert Johnson's daughter
May 5, 2014

 

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