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Tulsa police sergeant dies following shooting

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) – 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. 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.
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TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) – 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.

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.

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.

Gov. Kevin Stitt released the following statement:

“My heart breaks for the family of Sergeant Craig Johnson and his fellow officers with the Tulsa Police Department. I ask Oklahomans to join the First Lady and me in continuing to pray for his family as well as for his fellow officers.

My hope is that Sgt. Johnson is forever remembered for the heroism, courage and bravery he displayed while protecting Tulsa for 15 years.

We will also continue to pray for a full recovery for Officer Aurash Zarkeshan, who was injured in the same senseless act of violence.

Our law enforcement officers need the support of their community now more than ever, and I encourage Oklahomans to find ways to show their support for those who keep them protected.”

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