Police Officer Isaac Johnston

Police Officer Isaac Johnston

Donora Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, November 10, 1903

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Isaac Johnston

Police Officer Isaac Johnston succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day when he was shot from ambush while walking his beat.

He was approaching the Third Street Hollow, near Thompson Hollow, when he was shot in the abdomen without warning by someone who was with a large group of people standing on the side of the road. The entire group fled to a nearby home, where a posse located them a short time later.

As the posse attempted to make entry into the home someone inside opened fire, wounding two citizens in the posse. Several men were eventually arrested and charged with Officer Johnston's murder.

Officer Johnston was survived by his wife.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, November 9, 1903
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended


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Officer Johnson,
Sir, it has taken almost 111 years but you are finally being honored. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Donora Borough.


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July 17, 2014

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