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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: Paroled in 1917

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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, convicted of second degree murder, and sentenced to life. He was paroled on October 21, 1917.

Sergeant Johnston had been in law enforcement for 24 years and was survived by his wife and three 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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July 15, 2015


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