Police Officer Boss Johnson

Police Officer Boss Johnson

Welch Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, April 20, 1949

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Boss Johnson

Officer Johnson was shot and killed by a jail escapee who he and another officer cornered in the basement of a home. Both officers returned fire killing the suspect.

The officers had pursued the suspect as he escaped from the McDowell County Jail. Just seconds before he fled he shot and killed Deputy Sheriff Travis Milton French of the McDowell County Sheriff's Department.

Officer Johnson was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 50
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Officer Johnson,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Welch. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

April 20, 2024

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