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Arkansas Policeman killed by stray bullet while in his house



A police officer from Arkansas is dead after being hit by a stray bullet at his home.

Capt. Joe Baker of West Memphis police, Arkansas, said the policeman from nearby Forrest City was hit by the bullet around 3:30 pm. Saturday afternoon. The officer identified as Oliver Johnson was not on duty at this time and was not involved in the prosecution when he was killed.

An altercation between two groups erupted and gunfire was fired outside the officer's residence, Baker said. Johnson was not the intended target.

  West Memphis police investigate the scene of a shootout in which a policeman from the nearby town of Forrest was killed by a stray bullet on Saturday, April 28, 2018. WREG
West Memphis police investigate the crime scene There, on Saturday, April 28, 2018, a policeman from nearby Forrest City was killed by a stray bullet.

Johnson was the father of two young girls, reports Memphis ABC daughter WATN.

Baker also said that a vehicle was involved, but could not confirm if it was a drive-by shoot.

A full investigation is under way.

"It's obviously a tragic situation when someone is killed," Baker said at a press conference in front of the victim's home. "Anyone who is a bit at home in law enforcement, he was a cop, some of our officers actually knew him, our cities are pretty close, many of our officers had interactions [with him]."

  West Memphis police captain Joe Baker informs the media about the deadly shooting of a police officer hit by a stray bullet on April 28, 2018. WATN
Police captain West Memphis Joe Baker informs the media about the deadly shooting of a police officer hit by a stray bullet on April 28, 2018.

Johnson lived in West Memphis, Arkansas, just above the Mississippi River of Memphis, a Tennessee policeman with the Forrest City Police Department. Forrest City is about 40 miles west of West Memphis.

Neighbors told WATN they heard up to 40 shots outside Johnson's house.

"When I stepped outside, one of his nephews shouted," My uncle has been shot. "Well, when I went into the house, I found him shot and my husband and I tried CPR," neighbor Portia Weatherspoon told WATN.


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