Detective Ben Johnston

johnston1947.jpgHe and Detective Sylvester Cormack were shot Sept. 12, 1946, while arresting two men who were suspects in the death of Officer Jerry St. Clair. 

They approached the suspect vehicle at 1500 S. Frisco Avenue.  
The suspects exited the vehicle and began firing. Detective Cormack was killed and Detective Johnston wounded.  Johnston died January 3, 1947 from his wounds.
A 17 year old suspect was wounded and captured at the scene.  The other suspect was later arrested in Idaho.

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