Police Officer Waldis "Jay" Johnson
Detroit Police Department, Michigan
End of Watch Sunday, May 31, 2020
DETROIT, MICHIGAN--Police Officer Jay Johnson, age 48, succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on April 30th, 2017, while responding to a domestic violence call at 10075 Joy Road.
He and another officer 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. The other officer 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.
The officer who pulled him to safety, Police Officer Darren Weathers, was killed in the line of duty in a vehicle crash on February 13th, 2018.
published Gloucestercitynews.net | June 5 , 2020