Patrolman Francis Johnson was shot and killed after responding to a disturbance at a local tavern.
He had been nearby directing traffic at Kneeland and Tremont Streets when a citizen alerted him to the disturbance. As he entered the bar he was momentarily unable to see as it was extremely bright outside and extremely dark inside. He was unaware that a man inside was waving a gun and as his eyes adjusted to the darkness the suspect shot him.
Patrolman Johnson had served with the Boston Police Department for 27 years. He was survived by his wife and six children.