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

City Marshal Albert Johnston succumbed to gunshot wounds he received 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 kill the suspect. He then was able to crawl to his patrol car and turn on the siren to get help. He was transported to Helena Hospital where he succumbed to his wound several hours later.

Marshal Johnston was a United States Army WWII veteran and had served with the Elaine Police Department for 4 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, October 16, 1965
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

arrest attempt, sex offense

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You are a true hero sir. Thank you for your courage and dedication. Nobody can take away the kind of man you are. I pray for your family because after all these years I know it still hurts. Rest in peace. You will never be forgotten

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October 18, 2023

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