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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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That was one of the saddest times in my career. Such a steady, funny guy. He loved showing folks his gun vault and restored military vehicles, and pestering his kids. We were planning a family BBQ that summer, but never got it done. He is greatly missed to this day.

Sgt. J.J. Wittenborn
Illinois State Police - retired
July 27, 2015

 

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