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Trooper Charles Henry Johnson | West Virginia State Police, West Virginia West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

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Charles Henry Johnson

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 12, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 5 years

Badge # U-379

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/12/1977

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Committed suicide

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Trooper Charles Johnson and Trooper Thomas Hercules were shot and killed in Paw Paw, West Virginia, while serving an arrest warrant on a burglary suspect. After the initial arrest the officers took the suspect to his home to allow him to collect some personal belongings. Trooper Hercules waited in the patrol car as Trooper Johnson took him inside.

While inside the suspect was able to gain control of Trooper Johnson's service weapon and shot him to death. The man then ran outside and exchanged shots with Trooper Hercules. The suspect then stole the patrol car and fled. He committed suicide three days later as officers closed in on his location.

Trooper Johnson had served with the West Virginia State Police for seven years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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Trooper First Class Thomas Dean Hercules
West Virginia State Police, West Virginia
End of Watch: Wednesday, January 12, 1977
Cause: Gunfire

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I am K.C. Bohrer. I am trying to get in touch with my friend Charlie's wife and children about a memorial dedication I am working on in WV. If anyone knows hoe I can reach Lynda, Lori or Jeff please ask them to contact me at [email protected]

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WV Deputy Sheriff retired
December 6, 2013

 

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