Officer Involved Shooting (Press Release)

by Police Administration, Friday, September 12, 2014, 19:47 (1188 days ago)

During the afternoon hours of September 12, 2014, officers responded to a check welfare call at the Best Western Hotel located on Overland Trail near FM 600. The caller indicated a known person was possibly suicidal and requested patrol officers make contact with him at the hotel. Upon arrival, officers contacted Jeffrey Johnson, a white male, 33 years of age. Later during that contact, Johnson slammed and barricaded the hotel room door on the responding officers as they tried to speak to the calling party. Johnson then fired two shots. One of the rounds passed through a wall narrowly missing an APD patrol officer standing outside the door.

Before APD was able to get sufficient officers on scene, Johnson jumped out of the second story window of the hotel room and fled the scene in a silver van. The van was spotted by an Abilene Lake Patrol Officer near the hotel at a convenience store. The suspect left the convenience store and was followed by the Lake Patrol Officer. There was no pursuit. Officers with APD soon caught up to them, after the suspect entered the Texas State Veteran's Cemetery on FM 600.

Upon entering the cemetery, the suspect turned around and began to drive directly at the K9 Unit. The K9 officer attempted to reverse and avoid the collision; however, Johnson rammed the K9 Unit head-on. An APD officer, who exited the Tahoe prior to the collision, confronted Johnson who had exited his vehicle after the collision. Johnson reached for a visible handgun on his person at which time the APD officer fired, striking Johnson. Johnson was pronounced deceased at the scene by a Jones County Justice of the Peace. Johnson will be transported to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

The officer driving the Tahoe received minor injuries and the K9 was uninjured. The Abilene Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division and the Texas Rangers are investigating.

Early investigation indicates the officers acted with necessary and reasonable force. They have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol for officer involved shootings.

Respectfully,

Stan Standridge
Chief of Police
Abilene Police Department


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