Police Officer Claude William Johnson

Police Officer Claude William Johnson

Lamesa Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, March 29, 1950

Claude William Johnson

Officer Claude Johnson was beaten to death with his handgun after interrupting a burglar. He was on patrol on the court house square when he observed a man trying to break into a store. As Officer Johnson confronted the man his duty weapon was taken him from him and the suspect beat him with it. The suspect was sentenced to death but had the sentence overturned and sentenced to five years of hard labor in San Angelo, Texas.

Officer Johnson was a veteran of World War II was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Death sentence overturned

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Rest in peace Officer Johnson

Sergeant Paul Sáenz
Texas Department of Criminal Justice

October 2, 2015

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