City Marshal David Johnson

City Marshal David Johnson

Nevada City Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, November 3, 1856

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David Johnson

City Marshal David Johnson and Sheriff W.W. Wright, of the Nevada County Sheriff's Office, were shot and killed as they rode with a posse attempting to recapture three inmates who had escaped from the Nevada County Jail.

A second posse had secreted themselves in a remote area at Gold Ravine, near Gold Flat, believing the escapees would go to that area. Sheriff Wright and Marshal Johnson were in a second posse who also went to that area and became suspicious when they saw horses tied to a tree.

As members of the second posse approached the horses they were confronted by members of the first posse. The two posses exchanged fire in a case of mistaken identity and both Sheriff Wright and Marshal Johnson received fatal wounds.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

mistaken identity

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