Patrolman William G. Johnson

Patrolman William G. Johnson

Ashland Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, July 19, 1923

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William G. Johnson

Patrolman William Johnson succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained 13 years earlier while attempting to arrest a man on a drunken rampage.

After the man grabbed a shotgun and threatened to clean up the town, the man's brother alerted Patrolman Johnson to the threats. Patrolman Johnson located the man but was immediately shot twice. The first blast struck him in the legs. The man then shot him in the abdomen at close range, causing a severe wound.

Patrolman Johnson never fully recovered from the wounds and died as a result of complications on July 19, 1923.

Patrolman Johnson was survived by his wife.


  • Age 64
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, December 19, 1910
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Arrested

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Patrolman 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 Ashland.


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July 19, 2023

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