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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)

Incident Date: 7/26/2004

Weapon: Officer's shotgun

Suspect: Not available

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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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One very terrible night when Dane and I were working a traffic accident in a double curve and I'd pulled my squad between a crashed van with a family inside. A drunk came speeding around a curve and hit my car head-on. I had just exited, saw the drunk approaching and ran, jumped a ditch and got clear. Dane was directing traffic and saw the crash, he went to literally screaming on the radio for help. When he found me safe he had panic in his eyes and tears . . .I can still hear him yell ' ' You alright Billy". There's alot of these stories about Dane, he was a standup guy and always had our backs. A cop can say nothing better than this about a fellow cop..We miss you ,Buddy. He is so proud of his legacy and his family . . .

Sgt. Bill Marks, Ret.
Williamson County Illinois Sheriff's Dept.
July 26, 2013

 

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