P.O. Roscoe C. Johnston #3227


Name: Johnston, Roscoe C.
Star: 3227
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Wabash Avenue Station
End of Watch: 21 March 1933
Incident Details: Police Officer Roscoe Johnston, 42, was a 14-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Wabash Avenue Station. On March 21, 1933, Officer Johnston was detailed to protect the Gordon Baking Company in the 5300 block of South Federal Street. While the officer was in the second-floor office, three armed robbers entered through the front door and ordered the employees to lay on the floor. Upon hearing the commotion, Officer Johnston waited for the opportune moment to enter. He flung the door open and began shooting; injuring one of offender, but getting shot in process. The three armed robbers fled. Officer Johnston died at the scene.

The vehicle the offenders escaped in was found an hour later. It had been stolen prior to the robbery and its license plates changed. The trio was never apprehended.

Officer Johnston was laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. He was survived by his daughter, Lorraine, and his mother, Blanche.