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West Virginia police officer, 28, dies two days after being shot in the face after she confronted man parked in front of a house that wasn't his

 A West Virginia police officer who was shot in the face while responding to a parking-related incident has died after being removed from life support.

Charleston Police Chief Tyke Hunt revealed that doctors pronounced Officer Cassie Johnson, 28, dead at 4pm at Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital. 

'Cassie was an exemplary police officer. She embodied everythindg that the Charleston Police Department is and strives to be - courageous, compassionate and selfless for the citizens of the city that she loved,' Charleston Police Chief Tyke Hunt said in a statement.

'Her legacy will live on in the officers and the citizens that she touched and inspired everyday.'

Charleston, West Virginia, police officer Cassie Johnson, 28, has died on Thursday after being shot in the face
Pictured: suspect Joshua Phillips, 38

Charleston, West Virginia, police officer Cassie Johnson, 28 (left), has died on Thursday, two days after she was shot in the line of duty, allegedly by Joshua Phillips (right)

Officer Cassie Johnson (pictured) was described as an 'exemplary police officer' who   'embodied everything that the Charleston Police Department is and strives to be'

Officer Cassie Johnson (pictured) was described as an 'exemplary police officer' who   'embodied everything that the Charleston Police Department is and strives to be'

Hunt told Charleston Gazette-Mail that Johnson's funeral will happen at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center with the date and time to be determined. 

Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin declared all city flags will be flown at half-staff until the funeral services were finished.  

'We are heartbroken at the loss of Cassie. She was always willing to lend an extra hand, going above and beyond in every situation,' Goodwin said in a statement.

'The City of Charleston is a safer, more vibrant place because of Cassie and we are grateful for her service.' 

Johnson was critically wounded in the line of duty at around 2.30pm on Tuesday on Garrison Avenue when 38-year-old Joshua Phillips allegedly opened fire on her.  

Johnson was reportedly responding to a parking dispute involving Phillips and his brother on Garrison Avenue on Tuesday afternoon

Johnson was reportedly responding to a parking dispute involving Phillips and his brother on Garrison Avenue on Tuesday afternoon

Phillips allegedly fatally shot Johnson in the face, while he suffered two gunshot wounds in his torso

Phillips allegedly fatally shot Johnson in the face, while he suffered two gunshot wounds in his torso 


The incident began unfolding after Phillips parked his red Dodge Durango in a driveway that wasn't his, prompting a 911 call to police, Charleston Gazette-Mail reports. 

Phillips reportedly entered a house across the street, but later exited the home.  

A report from WOWK said Phillips had gotten into an argument with his brother over a parking disagreement. 

Police were called and Johnson responded to the scene. Phillips had left but was spotted a short distance away and pulled over.

Charleston authorities revealed on Wednesday that Johnson (pictured) was taken off of life support on Wednesday

Charleston authorities revealed on Wednesday that Johnson (pictured) was taken off of life support on Wednesday 

During an investigation, officers discovered that he was driving on a suspended license related to a prior DUI charge.

Authorities said it's believed that Johnson pulled out her gun first, but it's unclear who opened fire first.  

Phillips allegedly opened fire during the traffic stop, striking Johnson in the face. 

The officer was rushed to CAMC General Hospital and underwent surgery, but her injuries proved too severe. Johnson was taken off of life support on Wednesday. 

'With a heavy heart, I hate to say that she is not going to be able to pull through this,' Charleston Police Chief Tyke Hunt said at a news conference. 'She is still fighting, but her body is unable to sustain life by itself.'

Doctors are working with the family to donate her organs, Hunt said.

'I commend her for, even in her passing, still being the true hero that I know that she is,' Hunt said. 

Phillips was found to be driving on a suspended license stemming from a prior DUI charge (his vehicle is seen being hauled away)

Phillips was found to be driving on a suspended license stemming from a prior DUI charge (his vehicle is seen being hauled away) 

Johnson was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. She underwent surgery but had to be placed on life support
The 28-year-old's organs will be donated

Johnson was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. She underwent surgery but had to be placed on life support. The 28-year-old's organs will be donated to save others

Phillips sustained two bullets to the torso. Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Phillips remained hospitalized and was still undergoing surgeries. 

As of Thursday afternoon, he has not been charged in connection to the shooting.

According to a criminal complaint, Phillips had been free on bond from a January 2020 weapon-related arrest, WOWKTV reported.

Charleston officials revealed that Johnson's unit number -146- will be retired on the rooster in her memory.

'The Charleston Police Department roster will forever reflect ‘In Memory – Cassie Johnson’ beside the now retired unit number,' Hunt said, per Charleston Gazette-Mail.

'You may see a pin showing the numbers 146 affixed to uniforms of your Charleston police officers, or other memorabilia with 146 on it. This is our way of honoring the heroic acts of our fallen sister, Patrolman Cassie Johnson, as she gave her life while serving her home city.'

An emotional candlelight vigil was held for Johnson on Wednesday night. The officer's mother, Sheryl Johnson, spoke movingly at the event of her daughter, reported WSAZ.

'She loved this city, she loved her job and she tried to protect everybody,' Sheryl said. 'I love my daughter.'  

Johnson joined the Charleston police force in January 2019 after serving as a humane officer. She was the first female officer sworn into the department by Charleston’s first female mayor, Amy Goodwin. 

'Her family still needs your prayers, and to this community we still need your strength,' Goodwin said on Wednesday. 'Cassie is a wonderful, bright young woman who is going to leave an amazing legacy for every woman in this city.' 

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice released a statement on Facebook, extending his condolences to the officer's family and the Charleston community. 

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help Johnson's family with her medical and funeral expenses (pictured)

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help Johnson's family with her medical and funeral expenses (pictured) 

'Cathy and I are deeply saddened to learn of this tragic situation with one of our state heroes, Officer Cassie Johnson with the Charleston, WV Police Department,' Justice wrote. 'We send our deepest condolences to her family, friends, and WV’s entire law enforcement community.'

During a press conference on Thursday, the governor called the killing 'unacceptable,' reported WTRF

Johnson is survived by her mother, sister and brother. Her beloved pet dog, Emma, had preceded her in death less than two months ago.  

GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help Johnson's family with her medical and funeral expenses.  

2 comments:

  1. She pulled her gun first! So another cop tried to murder someone. over where they were previously parked. And the man defended himself. This should be the result Everytime a cop thinks opening fire is sop. We know the courts will never punish and the police will advance them for their murders

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