02/15/2010

Arrest made in Wash. trooper's shooting

The officer is expected to recover, but may never be able to remove the bullet from his head

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

LONG BEACH, Wash. — A person of interest has been arrested in connection with Saturday's shooting of Trooper Scott Johnson in Long Beach. Trooper Freddy Williams confirmed the arrest, but didn't have any other details yet. They were preparing to release more information later this morning.

Meanwhile, the trooper's family is speaking out about the traumatic event.

Johnson was shot twice in Long Beach while he was responding to a call. He was rushed to a Portland hospital where he is recovering.

Scott's mother Linda Johnson said she couldn't believe it what happened to her son.

"He said, 'Mom, I've been shot in the head,' " Linda Johnson said. "I feel that he thought he was going to die. I really do."

The State Patrol says Scott Johnson was working a drunk driving case in Long Beach when a man walked up, started an argument, and then shot him twice, including once in the head. Scott's doctors told family members they aren't sure if they will ever be able to remove the bullet lodged in his head, but he is expected to recover. He did lose his hearing but doctors anticipate it will come back.

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