Deputy Sheriff Dane Johns

End of Watch: Monday, July 26, 2004

Biographical Info
Age: 45
Tour of Duty: 22 years
Badge Number: WC-22

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)
Date of Incident: Monday, July 26, 2004
Weapon Used: Officer's Shotgun

     Deputy Dane Johns was accidentally shot and killed when his department-issued shotgun discharged when he removed if from his patrol car at the end of his shift.

     The incident occurred when he attempted to secure the weapon for the night and the shotgun's trigger was depressed by his other equipment, causing the weapon to discharge.  Deputy Johns was transported to Heartland Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds.

     Deputy Johns had served with the Williamson County Sheriff's Department for 22 years and had been recognized as the agency's Deputy of the year in 2003.  He was survived by his wife and three young children.