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Officer John V. Mills | California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

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John V. Mills

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

End of Watch: Friday, January 16, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Person

Offender: Later shot and killed

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Officer Mills was beaten to death at Soledad Prison by three inmates in retaliation for the deaths of three inmates the previous year. Officer William Shull was beaten to death on July 23, 1970, in retaliation for the same three deaths.

All three inmates were charged with first degree murder. Two of the inmates were tried and acquitted in March of 1972. The evidence revealed that it was the third inmate who killed Officer Mills. That inmate, who was awaiting his trial at San Quentin, was shot and killed by a guard during a prison riot on August 21, 1971. The riot, which he was personally responsible for starting, resulted in the deaths of three Correctional Officers; Officer Frank Deleon, Sergeant Jere Graham, and Officer Paul Krasenes.

On July 21, 1971, Officer Leo Davis was stabbed to death at the San Quentin State Prison while guarding a prisoner who was a witness to Officer Shull's murder. Three inmates were attempting to gain access to the prisoner's hospital cell to murder him and attacked Officer Davis in an attempted to get his keys.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Correctional Officer William C. Shull
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California
End of Watch: Thursday, July 23, 1970
Cause: Stabbed

Correctional Officer Leo G Davis
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California
End of Watch: Wednesday, July 21, 1971
Cause: Stabbed

Officer Paul Krasenes
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California
End of Watch: Saturday, August 21, 1971
Cause: Gunfire

Sergeant Jere Graham
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California
End of Watch: Saturday, August 21, 1971
Cause: Gunfire

Officer Frank DeLeon
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California
End of Watch: Saturday, August 21, 1971
Cause: Gunfire

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Lord, when it’s time to go inside,
That place of steel and stone.
I pray that you will keep me safe,
So I won’t walk alone.
Help me to do my duty,
Please watch me on my rounds.
Amongst those perilous places
And slamming steel door sounds.
God, Keep my fellow Officers
Well and free from harm.
Let them know I’ll be there too,
Whenever there’s alarm.
Above all when I walk my beat,
No matter where I roam.
Let me go back whence I came,
To family and home.

RIP We have the watch now

Correctional Officer 84804
California Dept.Of Corrections
July 5, 2016

 

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