Conservation Warden Einar Johnson

Conservation Warden Einar Johnson

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin

End of Watch Friday, May 17, 1929

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Einar Johnson

Warden Einar Johnson was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for illegal beaver trapping. The suspect was also shot and wounded before being taken into custody.

The suspect was convicted of second degree manslaughter and sentenced to 6 to 7 years in prison November 12, 1929.

Warden Johnson was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 7 years

environmental crime

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I hadn’t heard this story until I stopped to visit my grandfather on my way to the Special Agent academy, and he told me of Einar, my Great Grandfather’s brother, and his untimely passing. Each day at the academy, we took turns telling the story of a downed officer; on my turn, I researched and told the story of Einar. I didn’t know him, but his love for the outdoors and public service have been passed down through generations.

Matt P, Special Agent

December 31, 2022

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