Type of Officer: Sheriff Detective
Jurisdiction: Sedgwick County
Death Date: 10/31/1974
Added to Memorial: 1987
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
In an attempt to escape, a county prisoner seized a police officer’s gun. During the ensuing scuffle, the officer was shot and the prisoner continued his escape. Detective Johnson and another officer responded to the shooting and attempted to rescue the wounded officer and capture the prisoner. In the attempt, both Johnson and the other officer were shot. Another officer responding was also shot by the prisoner. Detective Johnson was dead on arrival at the hospital. Detective Johnson was awarded the department’s Medal of Honor.