One of the two police officers shot during a traffic stop in Tulsa earlier this week has died.
CNN reports that Sgt. Craig Johnson died on Tuesday, the day after he was shot by a suspect who Johnson and another officer had pulled over.
Earlier Tuesday, the Tulsa Police Department had announced that Johnson’s condition had taken a serious turn.
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
— Tulsa Police (@TulsaPolice) June 30, 2020
The suspect, David Ware, was briefly at large following the shooting early Monday morning, but has since been arrested and is facing multiple felony charges, including first-degree murder. He reportedly fled the scene on foot but surrendered on Monday after officers tracked him to a residence and surrounded the home.
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According to Oklahoma State Courts records accessed by CNN, a second suspect, accused of acting as an accomplice, is also in custody.
According to the report, Johnson was shot multiple times, including in the head.
Officer Aurash Zarkeshan was also shot in the head. He remains in critical condition but has shown signs of responsiveness, Tulsa Police Department spokesman Jeanne Pierce told CNN.
Johnson had been a member of the Tulsa Police Department since 2005 and has received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained while on officer duty, Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin reportedly said at a news conference.
The officer’s death is “a tremendous loss to our department,” Franklin said.
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