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Officer Charles R. Johnston | Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia


Charles R. Johnston

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch: Sunday, May 9, 1943

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Executed in 1945

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Officer Charles Johnston was shot and killed while responding to a shooting call at 617 21st Street, NE.

The roommate of an off-duty officer had stolen the officer's weapon and shot his wife several times. Officer Johnston was the first uniformed officer on the scene. He entered the house and as he looked around a corner the suspect shot him in the head.

The subject was apprehended at the scene. He sentenced to death and subsequently executed on December 14th, 1945.

Officer Johnston was assigned to the Traffic Division. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.

Thank you for your heroism.

God Bless

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May 9, 2015


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