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Sergeant Derek Ray Johnson | Draper Police Department, Utah Draper Police Department, Utah


Derek Ray Johnson

Draper Police Department, Utah

End of Watch: Sunday, September 1, 2013

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 8

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Attempted suicide

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Sergeant Derek Johnson was shot and killed when he stopped to check on a vehicle parked on the side of South Fort Street shortly before 6:00 am.

A male subject in the vehicle immediately opened fire on Sergeant Johnson, shooting him before he was able to exit his patrol car. Despite being mortally wounded, Sergeant Johnson was able to radio a distress call. Responding units and medical personnel performed CPR until a helicopter arrived to transport him to Intermountain Medical Center, where he succumbed to his wounds.

The male subject also shot a female acquaintance inside of their vehicle before shooting himself. Both were transported to a local hospital in critical condition. The two were transients, with criminal records, who were living out of the vehicle.

The shooter was officially charged with criminal homicide, aggravated murder, and attempted homicide, as well as three additional counts of felony discharge of a firearm and one count of possession of a weapon by a restricted person. The female acquaintance was charged with two counts of obstructing justice.

Sergeant Johnson had served with the Draper Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his wife and 7-year-old son.

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I remember I was just starting the police academy at UVU when you were killed in the line of duty. All of us in the academy were very saddened that you had to be killed in such a senseless manner. Rest in peace brother, you will never be forgotten by the citizens of this great state.

Officer J. Honeycutt
Utah Valley University Police Dept.
March 2, 2016


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