Sergeant John H. Johnston

Sergeant John H. Johnston

Salt Lake City Police Department, Utah

End of Watch Saturday, July 8, 1911

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John H. Johnston

Sergeant Johnston succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained three days earlier while he and another officer investigating a domestic disturbance at a hotel on West Temple Street. The hotel owner had called the officers after the male suspect threatened him with a weapon when the owner attempted to quiet the disturbance. When the officers arrived the suspect shot Sergeant Johnston in the abdomen. Sergeant Johnston was taken to St. Mark's Hospital where he died of his wounds three days later.

The suspect was arrested, convicted of second degree murder, and sentenced to life. He was paroled on October 21, 1917.

Sergeant Johnston had been in law enforcement for 24 years and was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, July 5, 1911
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Paroled in 1917

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Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase you sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 8, 2020

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