Patrolman James H. Johnson

Patrolman James H. Johnson

Nashville City Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, July 21, 1921

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James H. Johnson

Patrolman Johnson was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a home for a report of disorderly conduct at 2300 hours. Once at the home, Patrolman Johnson took a man and woman to the man's car to question them while his partner questioned more people inside the home. As Patrolman Johnson began to search the car the male suspect produced a handgun and shot him three times. His partner attempted to return fire but a female in the home grabbed his arm, preventing him from taking aim. The suspect was apprehended the following day and eventually convicted of murder.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Convicted of murder

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Just before midnight on July 31, 1921, Nashville Police Officer James Johnson was assisting in a liquor raid on 7th Ave.

Johnson stopped a man running out the front door and placed him in front of the getaway car. While searching the car the suspect attempted to flee the scene; when Johnson grabbed him, the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot the officer in the chest, stomach, and side.

Officer George Barcroft heard the shots and ran from the house and fired at the gunman, but a female grabbed Barcroft’s arm, causing him to miss.

Johnson was rushed to the hospital in a paddy wagon, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The suspect was arrested the next day, thanks to Officer Johnson, who identified him prior to being transported to the hospital.

Officer James Henry Johnson was 42-years-old. He served on the Nashville Police Department for 18 months.

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Metro/Nashville Police Dept.

August 17, 2020

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