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Officer William Edward Johns | Gainesville Police Department, Texas Gainesville Police Department, Texas


William Edward Johns

Gainesville Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, August 2, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/24/1931

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Pardoned in 1937

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Officer William Johns and Officer John Clements were shot and killed by a man whom they had arrested a few days earlier, at which time they confiscated a shotgun. The suspect was released and attempted to have his shotgun returned but Officer Johns refused. The suspect located the two officers on East California Street and shot both of them with another shotgun. Officer Johns managed to return fire seriously wounding the suspect.

The suspect was convicted of Officer Clements' murder and sentenced to 99 years. He was pardoned by Governor James V. Allred August 26, 1937.

Officer Clements was killed instantly, however, Officer Johns did not succumb to his wounds until nearly a week later. He is buried at Valley View Cemetery in Valley View, Texas.

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Officer John Walter Clements
Gainesville Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Friday, July 24, 1931
Cause: Gunfire

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Rest in Peace Police Offi.cer William Edward Johns Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw on the soul of your murderer. May his screams of anguish rise up from the grave as he is consumed in the lake of fire.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
July 24, 2016


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