826 N. Franklin St., Junction City, KS 66441

Enforcement Memorial

Honoring our Fallen Law Enforcement Officers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junction City/Geary County Law Enforcement Memorial

6TH & WASHINGTON ST, HERITAGE PARK, JUNCTION CITY, KS 66441

 

Our thanks to the Kansas State Historical Society and Kansas Law Enforcement Officers Memorial page for Fallen Officer information.  Please also visit our partnering agency – Junction City Police Department’s memorial page and the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Wilson “Alex” C. Johnson, Jr.

Type of Officer: Police Officer
Jurisdiction: Junction City
County: Geary
End of Watch: 12/3/2001

Circumstances:
At 4:30 a.m. on December 3, 2001, Officer Wilson C. A. Johnson, Jr. received a fatal gunshot wound while assisting a domestic battery victim to recover her two children who were being held in a Junction City apartment building. The domestic battery suspect shot Officer Johnson during a confrontation in the apartment. Officer Johnson died at the scene. After shooting Officer Johnson, the suspect attempted to leave the building but another Junction City police officer thwarted his escape. The suspect retreated to the apartment where he took his own life. The two children, ages one and three, were unharmed. Officer Johnson served the Junction City Police Department for eighteen years as a patrolman and detective. He joined the department after a twenty-year Army career that included two tours of duty in Vietnam and tours of duty in Korea and Germany. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Junction City Police Officers Association, and the Kansas Peace Officers Association. Officer Johnson was fifty-six years old at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife Hermine Linda Johnson and two stepsons, David and Michael Quintenar.

Robert Cooper

Type of Officer: Assistant City Marshal
Jurisdiction: Junction City
County: Geary
End of Watch: 11/20/1901

Circumstances:
Officers Cooper and James White were attempting to quell as disturbance created by Fourteenth Cavalry soldiers from nearby Fort Riley. The disturbance became violent and both officers were shot and killed by cavalry trooper W. B. Buchanan. The suspect later committed suicide in his cell. Cooper died two days after the November 18, 1901 incident.

James R. White

Type of Officer: Police Officer
Jurisdiction: Junction City
County: Geary
End of Watch: 11/18/1901

Circumstances:
Officers White and Robert Cooper were attempting to quell as disturbance created by Fourteenth Cavalry soldiers from nearby Fort Riley. The disturbance became violent and both officers were shot and killed by cavalry trooper W. B. Buchanan. The suspect later committed suicide in his cell.

Ira M. Buchanan

Type of Officer: Police Officer
Jurisdiction: Junction City
County: Geary
End of Watch: 11/13/1869

Circumstances:
City Marshal Daniel McCleery, because of continued disturbances by a group of Texans, ordered the “rum” and billiard room of a shop closed. When the Texans refused to follow the order, the marshal called on Buchanan for assistance. Buchanan was shot and killed by James Coates and H. M. Childers. In 1872, Childers was found not guilty of actually shooting Buchanan and was freed. The local press said the acquittal was a “put up job,” but the technicality of Chiders’ not being proven to have actually shot was the key point. Coates had not been located.