Officer Charles R. Johnston

Officer Charles R. Johnston

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Sunday, May 9, 1943

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Charles R. Johnston

Officer Charles Johnston was shot and killed while responding to a shooting call at 617 21st Street, NE.

The roommate of an off-duty officer had stolen the officer's weapon and shot his wife several times. Officer Johnston was the first uniformed officer on the scene. He entered the house and as he looked around a corner the suspect shot him in the head.

The subject was apprehended at the scene. He sentenced to death and subsequently executed on December 14th, 1945.

Officer Johnston was assigned to the Traffic Division. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 24
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1945

murder suspect

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Officer Johnston,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the District of Columbia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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May 9, 2023

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