Police Officer Waldis Vanness "Jay" Johnson

Police Officer Waldis Vanness "Jay" Johnson

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, May 31, 2020

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Waldis Vanness "Jay" Johnson

Police Officer Jay Johnson succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on April 30th, 2017, while responding to a domestic violence call at 10075 Joy Road.

He and fellow officer Darren Maurice Weathers approached a common front door to the apartment complex, which was locked. After several minutes of knocking on the door, a man unrelated to the call for service came downstairs, opened the door, and pointed a semi-automatic handgun at Officer Johnson.

Officer Johnson immediately grabbed the firearm and began to struggle with the subject. Officer Johnson let go of the firearm to draw his service weapon. They both fired simultaneously. Officer Johnson was struck once in the head, and the subject was struck twice by Officer Johnson. Officer Weathers also returned fire before pulling Officer Johnson from the entryway. The subject died at the scene.

Officer Johnson suffered a traumatic brain injury and remained in a rehabilitation facility until his death.

Officer Johnson had served with the Detroit Police Department for 17 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.

Police Officer Weathers, who pulled him to safety, was killed in the line of duty in a vehicle crash on Feb. 13, 2018.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 2591

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, April 30, 2017
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

domestic, ambush

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As the anniversary of your death is coming up, I want to thank you for your selfless duty and courage.

I am honored to have you as my silent partner. It was interesting to learn that you were in the Army's boxing team. I also served our country, in the United States Marine Corps. It must have been an honor to know such a strong and compassionate person like yourself. You were willing to protect those who are vulnerable. Thank you for your service. My sincere sympathy goes out to your wife and children.

S.P.O. Alcorta, Juan
Detroit Police Training Center
May 11th, 2024

S.P.O. Alcorta,Juan
Detroit Police Training Center

May 11, 2024

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