Detective Roy Vance Johnson

Detective Roy Vance Johnson

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Thursday, October 31, 1974

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Roy Vance Johnson

Detective Roy Johnson was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend an escaped prisoner who had shot and wounded a Wichita detective.

Two other deputies were also shot and wounded during the arrest. The suspect escaped the scene but was eventually caught and sentenced to life in prison.

Detective Johnson had served with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office for three years. He was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge D-16

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Toward the Sound of the Guns

by Sgt. Oscar Thomasson

In Honored Memory of Detective Roy “Vance” Johnson
End of Watch 10/31/1974

There is a peculiar type of soul
who runs toward danger
when all others lose control
they are freedom’s true daughters and sons
those brave few who run toward the sound of the guns.

These brave warriors stand ready day and night
to lay it all on the line
when all the rest are filled with fright
they run to join the battle and fight until it’s done
those brave few who run toward the sound of the guns.

They are God’s blessing to the land of the free
standing between our homes and evil’s desolation
giving their all for liberty
sad it seems their sacrifice has just begun
God bless the few who run toward the sound of the guns.

Sgt. Oscar R. Thomasson II
Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

August 12, 2016

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