City Marshal Albert Clayton Johnston

City Marshal Albert Clayton Johnston

Elaine Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Monday, October 18, 1965

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Albert Clayton Johnston

Marshal Johnston was shot and killed while arresting a migrant worker for committing an obscene act in public. As he walked the man to his patrol car the man suddenly produced a handgun and shot him in the chest.

Despite being mortally wounded, Marshal Johnston was able to return fire and killed the suspect. He then was able to crawl to his patrol car and turned on the siren to get help. He was transported to Helena Hospital where he succumbed to his wound several hours later.

Marshal Johnston had served with the agency for 4 years. He had also served as a military policeman in the US Army for 2 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I remember Uncle Clayton as handsome, strict, and very kind. I know all of his family miss him. One Thanksgiving we ate at his house. He made the best dressing.


December 15, 2016

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