Police Officer E. W. Johnson

Police Officer E. W. Johnson

Florence Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Friday, November 19, 1926

E. W. Johnson

Officer Johnson was shot and fatally wounded by a man he attempted to arrest in a local cafe for starting a disturbance.

The 20 year-old suspect, found hiding under a bed in a nearby home, was shot three times by officers effecting his arrest. Officer Johnson, shot through his lung, developed double pneumonia and died in a local hospital four days later.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death March 30, 1927. A month later Governor John Richards commuted his sentence to life. He died in prison November 22, 1943.

Officer Johnson had served with the Florence Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, November 15, 1926
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Died in prison

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 85th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

November 19, 2011

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