Sergeant Craig Vincent Johnson

Sergeant Craig Vincent Johnson

Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Tuesday, June 30, 2020

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Craig Vincent Johnson

Sergeant Craig Johnson succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous morning when he was shot multiple times during a traffic stop near the intersection of East 21st Street and South 89th East Avenue.

An officer on Sergeant Johnson's squad had conducted the traffic stop at 3:30 am and determined the vehicle had to be impounded. The driver refused to exit the vehicle despite the use of de-escalation techniques and non-lethal force, including pepper spray and a taser. As Sergeant Johnson and the other officer continued their attempts to remove the driver, the man reached under the driver's seat and retrieved a handgun. He opened fire on both officers, striking each multiple times in the head and torso.

The man then fled the scene with the assistance of a friend whom he had called for help during the traffic stop.

The subject was arrested later in the day and subsequently charged with first-degree murder. The friend who aided his escape was charged with being an accessory to a felony.

The other officer who was shot remains in critical condition.

Sergeant Johnson had served with the Tulsa Police Department for 15 years.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 2150

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, June 29, 2020
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Charged with murder

traffic stop

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I’m not even sure where to begin. Not a day has gone by where Sergeant Johnson hasn’t crossed my mind. I live here in Oklahoma and there is a part of me (of us) that will never be the same. June 29th is a day none of us will ever forget. It’s also my Birthday. I’ve made a promise to Sergeant Johnson to ALWAYS do something in remembrance of him on that day for as long as I live.


January 5, 2021

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