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New Hero Search Derek Ray Johnson - Sep. 01, 2013 (28912)

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Draper Police Dept. UT Patch
Resided: Draper (Salt Lake County)
UT, USA
Born: Mar. 19, 1981  
Fallen: Sep. 01, 2013
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 32 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Draper Police Dept. - UT
1020 Pioneer Rd  
Draper, UT   84020   USA
(801)576-6300
County: Salt Lake
Dept. Type: Municiple/Police
Hero's Rank: Sergeant
Sworn Date: 12/2004
FBI Class: Homicide - Domestic
Weapon Class: Handgun
Agency URL: Click Here
Badge: 9S8
On The Job: 8 years
Bio: Sgt. Johnson grew up in Utah and graduated from Alta High School in 1999. While in high school he was an Explorer scout and worked as an intern for the Sandy City Police Department.

After High School, Johnson married his high school sweetheart. He worked as a dispatcher and eventually went to the police academy.

For the past eight years he's been working for the Draper City Police Department.

He was hired as a reserve officer in April of 2004 and later hired as a full time police officer in December of that year.

In 2012, Sgt. Johnson was honored with the Distinguished Service Medal for his work on an investigation involving a child abuse homicide.

Survived by:
Shante - Wife
and a seven-year-old son, Benson

Randy & Laura Johnson - Parents
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: Timothy Troy Walker / Male - 35 years old
also shot spouse - Traci Lee Vaillancourt, 34

  
Location:   Draper, UT   USA   Sun. Sep. 01, 2013
Summary: Sergeant Derek Johnson was shot and killed after responding to a call on South Fort Street at approximately 5:30 am.

Johnson came across a silver Volvo that was parked in an unusual position on 13200 South Fort Street shortly before 6 a.m. A man, 35, and a woman, 34, were with the car when Johnson stopped to investigate.

As Sgt. Johnson drove up, the man ambushed him and began firing at him. Sgt. Johnson never exited his vehicle. He was hit by a bullet and drove down the street as the suspect continued to fire at him. Johnsonís car ran off the road and hit a tree about three blocks north on Fort Street.

Sgt. Johnson was never able to return fire.

Before the shooting, the man and woman were in hit and run accidents, striking objects along 900 East and 13800 South. Investigators believe the man shot the woman at some point and after shooting Johnson, the man shot himself. One gun was found at the scene.

Police believe the woman involved was a victim of this crime.

Responding units and medical personnel performed CPR until a helicopter arrived to transport Sgt. Johnson to Intermountain Medical Center, where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later.

Sgt. Derek Johnson is the first police officer to be killed in the line of duty at the Draper Police Dept.

Disposition: At this time, charges are pending while both Suspect and victim are recovering in hospital.

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