Special Deputy Carl Oscar Johnson

Special Deputy Carl Oscar Johnson

Tulare County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Sunday, September 30, 1951

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Carl Oscar Johnson

Special Deputy Johnson succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained two months earlier while attempting to arrest a man who had stolen a car. The suspect shot Special Deputy Johnson in the shoulder with a .22 caliber rifle. The suspect was shot and wounded by a citizen and taken into custody.

Special Deputy Johnson was initially taken to Porterville Hospital, but was later transferred to a San Francisco hospital for treatment to an injured nerve as a result of the gunshot wound. He underwent surgery to remove the bullet and to try to repair his arm, but died the day following the surgery.

Special Deputy Johnson had only been sworn in as a deputy two months prior to the shooting. He was survived by his wife, two step sons, a brother, and a sister.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, July 21, 1951
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

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Thank you for your service and rest in peace knowing that your service and sacrifice will always be remembered.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 30, 2020

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