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Deputy Sheriff Dane Ray Johns | Williamson County Sheriff's Department, Illinois Williamson County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

Deputy Sheriff

Dane Ray Johns

Williamson County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, July 26, 2004

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 22 years

Badge # WC-22

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Deputy Sheriff Dane Johns was accidentally shot and killed when his department-issued shotgun discharged as he removed it from his patrol car at the end of his shift.

The incident occurred when he attempted to secure the weapon for the night and the shotgun's trigger was depressed by his other equipment, causing the weapon to discharge. Deputy Johns was transported to Heartland Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds.

Deputy Johns had served with the Williamson County Sheriff's Department for 22 years and had been recognized as the agency's Deputy of the Year in 2003. He was survived by his wife and three young children.

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Dad, I hope wherever you've ended up is right for you. I hope that one day this will get better but you know I'm not really the kind for false hope so I remember and reflect all the good memories and try to talk to you every Thursday I get the chance. I hope you hear me. You are my god and my father. I hope one day I will become half the man you one were.

I love you dad.

Kaiden R. Johns
August 20, 2015


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