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Tulsa Police Sgt. Craig Johnson Dies After He and His Partner are Shot

Tulsa Police Sgt. Craig Johnson Dies After He and His Partner are Shot

The Tulsa Police Department announced Tuesday, June 30, 2020, the death of Sgt. Craig Johnson following an early Monday morning shooting following a traffic stop in Tulsa, Okla. Officer Aurash Zarkeshan was also shot and critically wounded.

Tulsa, Oklahoma – A Tulsa police sergeant has died from wounds he suffered in an early Monday morning shooting.

The department announced Sgt. Craig Johnson’s death Tuesday afternoon.

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Police Chief Wendell Franklin said Johnson leaves behind a wife, two young children, and his parents.

“He also leaves behind a bunch of brothers and sisters,” Franklin said of his fellow officers.

Officer Aurash Zarkeshan was also shot and critically wounded after a traffic stop at 21st near Interstate 44, police said.

Police Chief Wendell Franklin announces the death of Sgt. Craig Johnson on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Johnson and Officer Aurash Zarkeshan were shot after a traffic stop. The suspect has been arrested.

The suspect, David Anthony Ware, has been arrested. An alleged accomplice, Matt Hall, was also arrested.

“I want to thank the Johnson family for sharing Sgt. Craig Johnson with us, for allowing him to be a part of our department, and for allowing him to serve this community,” the chief said.

Mayor G.T. Bynum called Johnson a good man and a hero.

“In this moment of terrible loss for our city, I can’t help but think of John Chapter 15, Verse 13. ‘No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friend.’ St. Craig Johnson lost his life protecting the lives of every Tulsan,” Bynum said.

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