Off-duty officer fatally shot in West Memphis

Officer Oliver Johnson

The father-of-two was inside the West Memphis apartment playing video games with one his daughters when the shooting took place on Saturday around 3:30pm, police say.

An off-duty Arkansas police officer was killed when he was struck by a stray bullet that was sacked through the window of his home.

An off-duty Arkansas police officer was shot and killed inside his home on Saturday as a burst of gunshots struck an apartment complex, WREG-TV reports.

Johnson was in his late 20s and both of his daughters are young-one is 2 years old and the other graduated kindergarten last year.

Officer Johnson was off duty when he was shot. "I mean wasn't a bad person at all. So, when I went in the house, I found him shot and me and my husband tried to do CPR", Weatherspoon said.

Investigators say he was struck by a stray bullet after multiple shots were fired in a dispute outside of the apartment. "This hits everyone a little close to home in law enforcement". He was a police officer.


It does not appear Johnson was the intended target of the shooting, police said. He was a police officer, some of my officers did, in fact, know him, ' he added. "Our cities are pretty close, a lot of our officers had interactions [with him]".

Family and friends said he and his wife were building a life together.

"Somebody come by and just blast out like that".

Baker also said a vehicle was involved, but was not able to confirm whether it was a drive-by shooting.

"We just heard about 40 gunshots", said Portia Weatherspoon, a relative and neighbor of Johnson.

No arrests have been made at this time.

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