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Off-duty Arkansas police officer fatally shot inside his home

May 1, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Off-duty Arkansas police officer fatally shot inside his home

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Off-duty Arkansas police officer Oliver Johnson Jr. fatally shot inside his home

An off-duty Arkansas police officer was fatally shot inside of his own residence on Saturday.

Forrest City Police Officer Oliver Johnson Jr. was home just before 2 p.m. in West Memphis, when an unidentified person opened fire on his home. Neighbors indicated that there were children inside the residence, which included Johnson’s daughter.

“They hit the apartment… the car. They hit the whole place up,” one neighbor who observed the shooting told FOX13.

Johnson was killed after a bullet hit him. A family member inside the house tried to perform CPR on the off-duty officer. Portia Weatherspoon, Johnson’s family member, said she heard roughly 40 gunshots.

Authorities are still looking into the incident, including naming the suspects. They believe Johnson was not purposely targeted.

“It was an encounter between suspects and another group outside of the apartment,” West Memphis Police Captain Joe Baker said to WREG. “This hits close to home in law enforcement. He was a police officer, some of my officers did know him.”

Johnson was a father of two. He and his fiancée were preparing to throw a birthday party for their youngest daughter.

Arkansas Lieutenant Gov. Tim Griffin indicated he was “heartbroken” to hear about Johnson’s killing.

“Heartbroken about the senseless killing of Forrest City Officer Oliver Johnson Jr. in eastern AR. May God’s grace and comfort be with his family & loved ones,” he said on Twitter.

Forrest City Police did not mention Johnson’s death on Facebook, but said it had to cancel all of Saturday events “with a heavy heart…due to unforeseen circumstances.”

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