Chief of Detectives Thomas A. Johnson

Chief of Detectives Thomas A. Johnson

St. Joseph Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, October 27, 1921

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Thomas A. Johnson

Chief of Detectives Tom Johnson and Patrolman Albert Hall were shot to death, and two other officers wounded, in a gunfight with a robbery suspect who had barricaded himself in his home at 7th Street and Sycamore Street.

Minutes later the suspect was smoked out of his house and shot and killed by police and servicemen who had joined them.

Chief of Detectives Johnson had served with the St. Joseph Police Department for 20 years.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, October 26, 1921
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

robbery, barricade

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 93rd anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your sacrifice was made so many years ago. Evil was, is, and will be a part of life just as goodness such as yours will also be present.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 9, 2014

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