Deputy Sheriff Dane Ray Johns

Deputy Sheriff Dane Ray Johns

Williamson County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, July 26, 2004

Dane Ray Johns

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.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge WC-22

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

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Dear brother,
So many of you have come and gone since you left us on that day. Each time my phone goes off it seems like I get that same sense the day you left us. To see the senseless acts of killing our brothers in arms each day is so very sad. But to know that you are with them all telling them all your stories, jokes and the main thing you watching over us all!
We'll continue the fight until the Lord cal us home and then we'll be together again..
Comfort your babies who I've watched through pictures and seen with my own eyes grow into such beautiful children. I know that you are very proud right now.
Until we meet again!
Salute to you and all the other soldiers who've lost their lives. You have left us for a better place.

George Reed
John A Logan Campus Police

November 16, 2016

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