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Deputy Sheriff Bert C. Johnson | Pickens County Sheriff's Department, Alabama Pickens County Sheriff's Department, Alabama

Deputy Sheriff

Bert C. Johnson

Pickens County Sheriff's Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 23, 1926

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1936

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Deputy Johnson was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on a suspect wanted in Mississippi for kidnapping. Deputy Johnson and the county sheriff went to a residence where the suspect was reported to be. When they arrived they were told the suspect was not there, but Deputy Johnson began to search the residence. As he opened a door he was shot by the suspect.

The suspect fled the scene and remained at large for six years. He was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for an unrelated assault and sentenced to 3.5 years on a chain gang. While on the chain gang he was identified as the murderer or Deputy Johnson through his fingerprints. He was returned to Pickens County where he was convicted of Deputy Johnson's murder and sentenced to death. He was executed on August 7, 1936.

Deputy Johnson was survived by his wife and two children.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 85th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05
November 23, 2011

 

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