Tulsa, OK - Sergeant Craig Johnson of the Tulsa Oklahoma Police Department was killed in the line of duty after being shot multiple times during a traffic stop.
According to FOX 23 News, Sergeant Johnson and Officer Aurash Zarkeshan were on a traffic stop when the driver of the vehicle refused to get out of the vehicle when it was going to be towed. A struggle ensued and Sergeant Johnson tried to taser the suspect who grabbed the Taser from Johnson. The suspect then reached under his seat for a gun and fired at both officers several times.
The suspect fled the scene and was captured a short time later at a nearby home. Sergeant Johnson and Officer Zarkeshan were transported to the hospital. Officer Zarkeshan was listed in critical condition. Sergeant Johnson died from his injuries.
Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin stated that Johnson's death is "a tremendous loss to our department" and "his sacrifice will not go unremembered."
The Officer Down Memorial Page wrote that, 45 year old Sergeant Johnson served with the Tulsa Police Department for 15 year and is survived by his wife and two young sons.
We pray for the recovery of Officer Zarkeshan and our thoughts and prayers go out to the Johnson family and the Tulsa Police Department.
Sergeant Craig Johnson, thank you for your service, you are a true hero.
June 30, 2020— Tulsa Police (@TulsaPolice) June 30, 2020
It is with heavy heart that we are announcing a change in the condition of Tulsa Police Sergeant Craig Johnson.
On June 29th, 2020 Craig sustained multiple gunshot wounds, one of which was a critical wound to his head. After undergoing surgery, Craig’s prognosis.. pic.twitter.com/QGaEeK62qC