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Deputy Sheriff William Horace Johnson | Cameron County Sheriff's Office, Texas Cameron County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

William Horace Johnson

Cameron County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, June 9, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Unknown weapon

Offender: one suspect was killed

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Deputy Sheriff William Horace Johnson was shot and killed while investigating bootleggers. Deputy Sheriff Johnson had received information that a consignment of liquor was to be smuggled across the Rio Grande River. Deputy Sheriff Johnson, along with U.S. Border Patrolmen Roy Harrell of Mercedes, and Ramon Longoria of Harlingen, joined him in an attempt to intercept the liquor.

The officers stationed themselves along the road and when the two smugglers appeared, they ordered them to stop. The smugglers opened fire. Deputy Sheriff Johnson was struck by three bullets, one passing through his right arm, another through his chest and the third struck him in the heart. Deputy Sheriff Johnson returned fire and killed one of the smugglers before dying.

Deputy Sheriff Johnson was born on June 7, 1899 in Fisher, Texas. He died two days after his 29th birthday. Deputy Sheriff Johnson had previously served with the United States Army and was survived by his wife and son. He was buried in the Harlingen City Cemetery. His father was the former sheriff of Fisher County and a Texas Ranger.

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Deputy Sheriff Johnson,

On today, the 87th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in Europe during WW I as a member of the 36th "Texas" Division. And to your family and a loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol
June 9, 2015


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