Officer Willard Johnston

Officer Willard Johnston

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

End of Watch Thursday, February 24, 1938

Willard Johnston

Officer Willard Johnston was killed when he was struck by a pick ax while trying to keep a prisoner from assaulting another prisoner. The incident occurred in a rock quarry at the Folsom Prison.

The inmate, sent to Folsom Prison for robbery, received a life sentence in 1928 after he beat to death a fellow inmate. He was convicted of Officer Johnston's murder and received another life sentence.


  • Age 54
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Pick ax
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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