1 of 2 Oklahoma officers shot during traffic stop dies

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.

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“His sacrifice will not go unremembered,” he said.

A patrol car at the division where the officers worked has been covered in flowers, balloons, American flags and handmade signs as a tribute.

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.

Johnson had joined Tulsa police in 2005 and was promoted to sergeant in 2015, Franklin said.

“Sgt. Johnson was a good man who made our lives better, who trained his fellow officers to be better,” said Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum.

Franklin said Johnson was survived by his wife, two young sons and parents. He said Johnson's family had decided to donate his organs.

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. Police said that man, Matthew Hall, was arrested later Tuesday in Broken Arrow.

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.

Anna Hok, left, and Terrie Dyer embrace and pray at a makeshift memorial for Tulsa Police Officers Craig Johnson and Aurash Zarkeshan at Mingo Valley Division in Tulsa Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The officers were shot early Monday morning during a traffic stop. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)
Anna Hok, left, and Terrie Dyer embrace and pray at a makeshift memorial for Tulsa Police Officers Craig Johnson and Aurash Zarkeshan at Mingo Valley Division in Tulsa Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The officers were shot early Monday morning during a traffic stop. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP) (Mike Simons)
This undated photo released by the Tulsa Police Department shows David Ware, who police say shot two Tulsa Police officers following a scuffle on Monday, June 29, 2020. Ware fled the scene on foot and police searching for him described him as armed and dangerous. (Tulsa Police Department via AP)
This undated photo released by the Tulsa Police Department shows David Ware, who police say shot two Tulsa Police officers following a scuffle on Monday, June 29, 2020. Ware fled the scene on foot and police searching for him described him as armed and dangerous. (Tulsa Police Department via AP) (Uncredited)
Melanie Dickey, a registered nurse for over 40 years, places an item on a makeshift memorial for Tulsa Police Officers Craig Johnson and Aurash Zarkeshan at Mingo Valley Division Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The officers were shot early Monday morning during a traffic stop. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)
Melanie Dickey, a registered nurse for over 40 years, places an item on a makeshift memorial for Tulsa Police Officers Craig Johnson and Aurash Zarkeshan at Mingo Valley Division Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The officers were shot early Monday morning during a traffic stop. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP) (Mike Simons)
Off duty Tulsa Police Officer Aaron Myers adjusts items on a makeshift memorial for Tulsa Police Officers Craig Johnson and Aurash Zarkeshan at Mingo Valley Division in Tulsa Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The officers were shot early Monday morning during a traffic stop. Myers works at the Mingo Valley Division. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)
Off duty Tulsa Police Officer Aaron Myers adjusts items on a makeshift memorial for Tulsa Police Officers Craig Johnson and Aurash Zarkeshan at Mingo Valley Division in Tulsa Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The officers were shot early Monday morning during a traffic stop. Myers works at the Mingo Valley Division. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP) (Mike Simons)
Terrie Dyer wipes a tear as she prays at a makeshift memorial for Tulsa Police Officers Craig Johnson and Aurash Zarkeshan at Mingo Valley Division Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The officers were shot early Monday morning during a traffic stop. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)
Terrie Dyer wipes a tear as she prays at a makeshift memorial for Tulsa Police Officers Craig Johnson and Aurash Zarkeshan at Mingo Valley Division Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The officers were shot early Monday morning during a traffic stop. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP) (Mike Simons)
Officers investigate the scene of a shooting where two Tulsa Police Officers were shot Monday, June 29, 2020, in in Tulsa, Okla. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)
Officers investigate the scene of a shooting where two Tulsa Police Officers were shot Monday, June 29, 2020, in in Tulsa, Okla. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP) (Mike Simons)
Tulsa police gather where two officers were shot near 21st Street and Memorial Drive in Tulsa, Okla., on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Matt Barnard/Tulsa World via AP)
Tulsa police gather where two officers were shot near 21st Street and Memorial Drive in Tulsa, Okla., on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Matt Barnard/Tulsa World via AP) (Matt Barnard)