Deputy Sheriff John J. Kohl

Deputy Sheriff John J. Kohl

Marquette County Sheriff's Office, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, March 9, 1885

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John J. Kohl

Deputy Sheriff John Kohl was shot and killed while dealing with a drunk and disorderly man in a saloon in Negaunee, Michigan. The suspect had been firing his gun inside the saloon and causing a disturbance.

Deputy Kohl was able to disarm the suspect and convinced him to leave. As the man left Deputy Kohl returned his firearm and began to walk away. The suspect then shot Deputy Kohl in the back of the head. The man was arrested a short time later.

The suspect was convicted of Deputy Kohl's murder and sentenced to life in prison on June 5th, 1885.

Deputy Kohl was a Union Army veteran of the Civil War. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Deputy Kohl
Thanks for you sacrifice to your county, state and to this great nation. I also thank you for serving this nation during the Civil War. You honor our profession and this nation with your selfless service and sacrifice. Thank you.

James Lopey, Assistant Sheriff (Ret)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno, Nevada)
Nevada DPS

March 9, 2020

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