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Sergeant Ernest C. Johnson | Arnold Police Department, Pennsylvania Arnold Police Department, Pennsylvania


Ernest C. Johnson

Arnold Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Thursday, April 2, 1953

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: Not available

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Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .30-.30

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sergeant Ernest Johnson and Chief Michael Peltz were shot after responding to a crazed man with a gun call on 4th Street. A man had barricaded himself on his back porch and was threatening to shoot people.

In an exchange of gunfire with several officers Sergeant Johnson was shot in the head and killed instantly and Chief Peltz was mortally wounded. Two other officers were also wounded and the suspect was killed. Chief Peltz was transported to a local hospital where he died two days later.

Sergeant Johnson was a U.S Army veteran of WWII.

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Chief of Police Michael W. Peltz
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End of Watch: Saturday, April 4, 1953
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored on this 59th 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.

Time never diminisher respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
April 2, 2012


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