1 of 2 Oklahoma officers shot dead during traffic stop dies

1 of 2 Oklahoma officers shot dead during traffic stop dies

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – One of two police officers in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who were shot during a traffic stop, has died, authorities said on Tuesday.

Police chief Wendell Franklin said Sgt. Craig Johnson passed away on Tuesday. He said Johnson was shot multiple times during the Monday attack, including one shot that was “critical.”

Franklin described Johnson’s death as a “huge loss” to the police.

“His sacrifice will not go unnoticed,” he said.

Johnson and rookie officer Aurash Zarkeshan were shot at about 3:30 am on Monday during a traffic stop. The suspected gunman, 32-year-old David Anthony Ware, was arrested after a search that lasted more than seven hours.

The officers tried to get Ware out of the vehicle, and an officer had already deployed a Taser and pepper spray to remove it. Once out, Ware grabbed a gun and fired several rounds, Franklin said.

Zarkeshan had been on patrol for less than six weeks since graduating from the police academy in the spring, the chief said.

Johnson had joined Tulsa Police Department in 2005 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2015, Franklin said.

Sgt. Johnson was a good man who made our lives better and trained his fellow officers to get better, “said Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum.

Franklin said Johnson was survived by his wife, two young sons and parents. He said Johnson’s family had decided to donate his organs.

A motive for the shooting was unclear. Tulsa Police Captain Richard Meulenberg said that Ware had no bias against the police.

While Ware was being held back, police said, he called an “accomplice” who arrived in a separate vehicle and picked him up. Police said Matthew Hall was arrested in Broken Arrow later on Tuesday.

Ware is charged with murder and weapons, and Hall is confronted with the fact that he is an additional murder and related charges. Both are being held in Tulsa prison. Court records do not mention a lawyer to speak for either.

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