Patrolman Henry Johnny Booth

Patrolman Henry Johnny Booth

Mobile Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Tuesday, August 14, 1979

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Henry Johnny Booth

Patrolman Henry Booth was shot and killed at 7:55 pm while attempting to arrest a wanted person on a warrant. During a struggle, the suspect managed to gain control of his service revolver and shot him.

The suspect was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death. The Alabama Supreme Court overturned the conviction and ordered a new trial. On December 12th, 1983, he was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Patrolman Booth was a Vietnam War veteran and had served with the Mobile Police Department for eight years. He is buried in Wilson Cemetery at Spanish Fort, Alabama.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 10 years

warrant service

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I was only ten years old when (Henry Johnny Booth) "Uncle Johnny" recieved that fatal shot in 1979. I, as some may say, Worshipped the ground Uncle Johnny walked on. He had no kids of his own yet and he absolutely loved children. My brother and I were his fishing buddies. He took us fishing every chance he had off time. That day as a 10 year old boy learning of his death had a profound impact on the rest of my life as well as my brother's life. My brother and I had just experienced as small kids, Mom and Dad divorcing. Then, Uncle Johnny being killed both within a few months.
Now it's January 2020 and I still cry and think about my Uncle Johnny all the time. I miss him so badly to this day 40 years later. Both my brother and I as young as we were back then, felt we had lost that year everything that mattered in life and began the walk thru life at that point not caring about school, grades, consequences of our
actions, anything that a well raised child should hold high. By the grace of God I, at some point realized I too was going to die if I did not change my ways, my friends and my outlook on life. My brother unfortunately never did. He was unable to overcome his life's path of destruction to make Uncle Johnny proud. My brother died in 2019 at a far too young age from life's poor choices, still hurting and crying for his Uncle Johnny. I have been determined for Uncle Johnny's memory to live on well past my generation and have spoken of Uncle Johnny to my children throughout thier entire lives in hopes they somehow, some way can find a place in thier hearts also to love Uncle Johnny as much as my brother and I did.
Badge number 205 he was to the city of Mobile, Alabama.
Superman he was to my brother and I.
Long live shall the memory of Henry Johnny Booth be for future generations of my family. This world lost a great, great man that day in 1979. I lost my best friend, fishing buddy, greatest uncle in the world and the hand to help guide me thru life when God's hand is busy helping someone else's.
I miss you so badly Uncle Johnny.


January 26, 2020

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