Marshal Johnson was shot and killed by a drunk man that he had escorted home earlier in the evening. After leaving on friendly terms the drunk man became upset and told his wife he was going to kill the marshal. He grabbed is .45 caliber pistol and located Marshal Johnson and shot him. The suspect then fled to his sister’s home where he shot and killed himself. The suspect had lost the election to be Town Marshal to Marshal Johnson and held a grudge even though he served as Assistant Marshal.

Marshal Johnson had been with the agency for only two years and was survived by his wife, six sons, and two daughters.