Policeman Joseph Alexander Johnson

Policeman Joseph Alexander Johnson

Rome Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, October 23, 1921

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Joseph Alexander Johnson

Policeman Joseph Johnson was shot and killed after responding to the sound of shots being fired behind the Drummond-Morris hardware store on North 5th Avenue around 9 p.m.

Upon his arrival, Officer Johnson was informed that the man who fired the shots (a suspected moonshiner) ran under a nearby warehouse. Officer Johnson went under the warehouse to locate the suspect and engaged the shooter in a gunfight. During the gunfight, Officer Johnson was shot multiple times. The suspect was also fatally shot.

Policeman Johnson succumbed to his injuries on October 23, 1921.


  • Age 57
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Shot and killed

shots fired

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Officer Johnson,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Rome. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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October 23, 2021

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