Sheriff James Leroy Johnson

Sheriff James Leroy Johnson

Sheridan County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Thursday, October 26, 2006

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James Leroy Johnson

Sheriff James Johnson was shot and killed while talking to a mentally ill person about the possibility of having him committed.

As Sheriff Johnson was speaking to him, he drew a handgun and opened fire, fatally wounding the sheriff. The shooter was then shot and killed by a deputy.

Sheriff Johnson had served as the sheriff of Sheridan County for 18 years, and had previously served with the Hoxie Police Department. He is survived by his wife and six adult children.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

EDP, mentally ill

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As we approach the anniversary of the loss of Jimmy and the current loss to the Sedwick County Sheriff's office I wanted to take a moment and read through some of the reflections for Jimmy.

Yours was the first LEO funeral I ever attended, I was humbled by the enormous presence of other law enforcement agencies/officers from across the nation in attendance that day. It was a reminder about how one loss impacts us all. I was absolutely not prepared for the call home over the radio and am reminded of yours ever time I have attended other LEO funerals.

I want to thank you for everything Jimmy, I hope you are always remembered as the kind, fair, and honest man that I knew.

Capt. Corey Herl
Wichita State University Police

October 11, 2022

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