Murders And Homicides, Craig Johnson, Oklahoma, Tulsa Ok

Murders And Homicides, Craig Johnson

Tulsa Police Sergeant, One of Two Officers Shot During Traffic Stop, Dies

David Anthony Ware was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Sgt. Craig Johnson, the authorities said.

7/1/2020 4:50:00 AM

A police sergeant who was shot during a traffic stop in Tulsa, Oklahoma , early Monday morning died of his injuries on Tuesday, and another officer who was critically wounded remained hospitalized, the authorities said

David Anthony Ware was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Sgt. Craig Johnson , the authorities said.

9:16 p.m. ETA police sergeant who was shot during a traffic stop in Tulsa, Okla., early Monday morning died of his injuries on Tuesday, and another officer who was critically wounded remained hospitalized, the authorities said.The sergeant, Craig Johnson, a 15-year veteran of the Tulsa Police Department, underwent emergency surgery for multiple gunshot wounds but did not survive, the city’s police chief, Wendell Franklin, said at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon. Several police officers and the city’s mayor flanked the chief, who stood in front a patrol car that had been turned into a makeshift memorial.

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“His sacrifice will not go unremembered,” Chief Franklin said. “I’m not going to forget this, and I know these police officers here are not going to forget this.”Chief Franklin said that the family of Sergeant Johnson, 45, who was married with two young sons, had planned to donate his organs and had been presented with a Purple Heart medal.

The killing of Sergeant Johnson followed a tumultuous period for law enforcement officers in Tulsa, which was the site of aJune 20 rally for President Trump that drew protests. Many of the demonstrators protested the killing of George Floyd and police misconduct.

“These are officers who have chosen to be in law enforcement at a historically challenging time,” G.T. Bynum, Tulsa’s mayor, said during a news conference on Monday.Sergeant Johnson was backing up another officer who had pulled over a Chevrolet Cobalt with expired paper license tags at about 3:25 a.m. Monday when things turned violent, the authorities said.

ImageCredit...Tulsa Police DepartmentThe driver, whom police identified as David Anthony Ware, 33, refused to get out of his car when the officers told him that they were going to have it towed, Chief Franklin said at the news conference on Monday.A struggle ensued, in which Sergeant Johnson fired his Taser at Mr. Ware, who removed the stun gun’s prongs from his body. Sergeant Johnson then used pepper spray on Mr. Ware, who pulled out a handgun and fired several rounds at the officers as they removed him from the car, the chief said.

The condition of the other officer, Aurash Zarkeshan, 26, who had just finished training in May and had been on patrol for about six weeks, was described on Monday as critical. The Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police referred questions on Tuesday about Officer Zarkeshan’s condition to the Police Department, which did not give an update.

Armin Zarkeshan, Officer Zarkeshan’s brother, said in a brief interview on Tuesday night that the officer was “doing better.”Mr. Ware was arrested later on Monday and was charged with first-degree murder, shooting with intent to kill and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, the authorities said.

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A second person, whom police identified as Matthew Hall, picked up Mr. Ware in another vehicle after the shooting and helped him flee, the authorities said.They said that Mr. Hall, 29, had been arrested later on Monday in Broken Arrow, Okla., and was charged with being an accessory in a murder and an accessory in a felony.

It was not immediately clear if Mr. Ware and Mr. Hall had lawyers, and none were listed on court records.Senator James Lankford, Republican of Oklahoma,wrote on Twitterthat he and his wife, Cindy, were praying for Sgt. Johnson’s family “and the entire Tulsa community as we grieve the loss of one of our own.”

“The news is heartbreaking to the entire nation,” he wrote. “We pray his family knows that Oklahomans everywhere mourn with them and pray for them today.”Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma,, said that he hoped that Sergeant Johnson would be “forever remembered for the heroism, courage and bravery he displayed while protecting Tulsa for 15 years.”

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Regardless of the stigma with cops right now, he was still a human being. I don’t agree with a lot of things involved with law enforcement and the obvious minority murders, but he’s still a human being. We can’t let this divide worsen! The comments here are terrible. This is absolutely criminal and NYC wants to defund the police. What do they think will happen? Look at the cities they are a mess. Fix the problem the police are the solution

Sure, defund them 👍 Let's march for the lives of officers. The people who put their lives on the line. The people that leave their homes trying to make the world a better place! While the media and democrats take away their funding to fule a destructive agenda. True face of left vandals. But I wonder how could NYT report it. Is it allowed by their editorial board . Bring in the troops editorial fiasco just came to my mind

Truly disgusting and heartbreaking stuff. This what all this war on police causes. Bless that officer and their family. They deserve far better than this world gave them. BlueLivesMatter Poor man... Well, it's Tulsa. On the bright side, they probably would have died from Trump-rally-related Coronavirus within a couple weeks anyway.

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I love it! This is great news for the democrats. A white thug killed them, all is good, nothing to see here. It's unfortunate the person who committed this heinous crime had an escalating criminal history spanning over a decade. Imagine if the Justice System focused on rehabilitation? Perhaps recidivism in this country wouldn't be as bad. BUT IDK. 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️

Someday police force are going to give up and they will retire or quiet their jobs , that day American people are going to find out what a country control by criminal gangs really look like . From Venezuela and mexico I know this This is the loser who shot the two cops. Hm that's strange they really tried their best not to talk about the perpetrator or show his face. But I found him! I found the THUG

Very tragic. Dear George must be honoured properly though. I'm glad they won't forget. Don't. Maybe every Tom dick and Harry shouldn't have guns BlueLivesMatter Oh BuT hEs a COp Did the bad guys get put on paid leave instead of being arrested? TRUE AMERICANS. WE MUST NOT LET POLITICAL PARTIES DIVIDE US ANY FURTHER. WE MUST TAKE BACK OUR GOVERNMENT❗️PLEASE EDUCATE YOURSELVES ON Unity2020 articlesofunity

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