09/21/2006

Veteran Houston officer shot and killed in his patrol car during traffic stop

Officer Down: Rodney Johnson - [Houston, Texas]


Houstonist.com

Biographical Info

Age: 40

Additional Info: Officer Rodney Johnson had served with the Houston Police Department for 12 years. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and two sons.

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Johnson was shot and killed by a suspect he had taken into custody.

Date of Incident: September 21, 2006

 


Veteran Houston officer shot and killed in his patrol car during traffic stop

The Associated Press

HOUSTON- A veteran police officer was shot and killed as he sat in his patrol car during a traffic stop, authorities said.

Citing an ongoing investigation, police officials would not disclose details about the Thursday shooting of Rodney Johnson, 40, who had served 12 years on the force.

A handcuffed suspect allegedly fired multiple shots at Johnson from the rear seat of the patrol car, said Officer Gary Blankinship, a friend of Johnson's who went crime scene. The suspect had not been charged as of late Thursday.

A female passenger who left the scene had been found by officers for questioning, Chief Harold Hurtt said.

Johnson went to work as a corrections officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and then as a jail attendant. He graduated from the Houston police academy in 1994.

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