Killing of Paul Rex Johnson in Florida in 1949


Case summary

Paul Rex Johnson (1925 - 1949), was killed by prison guard Owen H. Sherrouse and other guards in Monroe County, Florida. Johnson, who was serving a four-year sentence at a state prison camp on Big Pine Key, was shot during a day-long riot. An inquest found that Johnson died of bullet wounds inflicted by Sherrouse and others unknown while armed and making a break, and found that the prison officials acted without fault.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1949-12-08
Location: Key West, Monroe County, Florida
Location type: carceral location
Allegation against victim: attempting to escape custody

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