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Patrolman William G. Johnson | Ashland Police Department, Kentucky Ashland Police Department, Kentucky

Patrolman

William G. Johnson

Ashland Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Thursday, July 19, 1923

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 64

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/19/1910

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Arrested

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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.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 90th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
January 12, 2013

 

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