TULSA, Okla. (AP) – One of the two Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officers who were shot during a traffic stop has died, authorities said Tuesday.
Police Chief Wendell Franklin said Sgt. Craig Johnson died 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 “tremendous loss” to the police department.
“His sacrifice will not go unremembered,” he said.
Johnson and rookie officer Aurash Zarkeshan were shot at about 3:30 a.m. Monday during a traffic stop. The suspected gunman, 32-year-old David Anthony Ware, was arrested following a search that lasted more than seven hours.
The officers were trying to get Ware out of the vehicle, and one officer had already deployed a Taser and pepper spray in an attempt to remove him. Once out, Ware pulled a handgun and fired multiple 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.
A motive for the shooting was unclear. Tulsa police Capt. Richard Meulenberg said Ware had no known bias against the police.
While Ware was being stopped, police said, he called an “accomplice” who arrived in a separate vehicle and picked him up. That man, police said, is Matthew Hall.
Ware faces murder and weapons charges, and Hall a faces count of being an accessory murder and a related charge. Both are being held without bond at the Tulsa jail. Court records don’t list an attorney to speak for either of them.