On Saturday in West Memphis, Arkansas, an unidentified person unleashed a spray of bullets at an apartment complex. Tragically, one of those bullets took the life of a man inside.
Forrest City Police Officer Oliver Johnson, Jr. was inside his home just before 2 p.m. when the bullets ripped through it. According to Fox News, neighbors said that children were inside the home with him, including Johnson’s daughter.
“They hit the apartment. They hit the car. They hit the whole place up,” one resident who witnessed the shooting told Fox13 Memphis.
Johnson died at the scene. A family member inside the home attempted to perform CPR on him, but it did not help. Johnson was off-duty at the time.
A relative to Johnson, Portia Weatherspoon, told WREG that she heard about 40 gunshots.
"It was an encounter between the suspects and another group outside of the apartment," West Memphis Police Capt. Joe Baker said, believing that Johnson himself was not specifically targeted in the shooting.
"This hits everyone a little close to home in law enforcement,” he added. “He was a police officer, some of my officers did, in fact, know him."
Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin said that he was “heartbroken” over the senselessness of the killing, adding, “May God’s grace and comfort be with his family & loved ones.”
The Forrest City Police Department cancelled all of Saturday’s events “with a heavy heart…due to unforeseen circumstances” in a Facebook post.
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