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Sergeant John H. Johnston | Salt Lake City Police Department, Utah Salt Lake City Police Department, Utah


John H. Johnston

Salt Lake City Police Department, Utah

End of Watch: Saturday, July 8, 1911

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 24 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/5/1911

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Apprehended

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Sergeant Johnston succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained three days earlier while he and another officer investigating a domestic disturbance at a hotel on West Temple Street. The hotel owner had called the officers after the male suspect threatened him with a weapon when the owner attempted to quiet the disturbance. When the officers arrived the suspect shot Sergeant Johnston in the abdomen. Sergeant Johnston was taken to St. Mark's Hospital where he died of his wounds three days later. The suspect was arrested and charged with Sergeant Johnston's murder.

Sergeant Johnston had been in law enforcement for 24 years and was survived by his wife and three children.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 102nd anniversary year 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater
January 1, 2013


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