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

A 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.

“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.

Senator James Lankford, Republican of Oklahoma, wrote on Twitter that 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, also on Twitter, 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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