Sheriff James Leroy Johnson

Sheriff James Leroy Johnson

Sheridan County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Thursday, October 26, 2006

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James Leroy Johnson

Sheriff James Johnson was shot and killed while talking to a mentally ill person about the possibility of having him committed.

As Sheriff Johnson was speaking to him, he drew a handgun and opened fire, fatally wounding the sheriff. The shooter was then shot and killed by a deputy.

Sheriff Johnson had served as the sheriff of Sheridan County for 18 years, and had previously served with the Hoxie Police Department. He is survived by his wife and six adult children.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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With so much going on in society today, and after reading about an officer shooting, I was reminded of my cousin Jimmy, who lost his life while attempting to de-escalate a man experiencing mental/emotional trauma.

Rebecca, cousin from Calif.

June 26, 2020

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