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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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When Dane was appointed the K9 position he was overwhelmed. He came to me after going to school and asked for my help knowing I was a handler in the Air Force. Sure my response, we would work almost every day after his shift. He wanted the best Drug Dog in Sourhern Illinois was his words. My kids would help hide training aids until dark. He was getting calls from all over for his assistance. He always came thru for them and was a great representive of the county. He wanted to be the best at whatever he did in life. And was to the end, Thank You for being a great friend to my family

Federal Officer Mike Diercks
United States Dept of Justice (retired)
July 26, 2014

 

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