WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (localmemphis.com) – West Memphis Police are actively searching for suspects in a shooting that killed a Forrest City Police Officer.
Family members confirm to Local 24 News, the victim is Officer Oliver Johnson and he was in his late twenties. The father of two was shot and killed in his home Saturday afternoon.
Our reporter counted at least six bullet holes in the windows of Officer Johnson’s apartment. Investigators say it was a stray bullet that took his life. The shooting has stunned this small West Memphis community.
“Sweet as can be,” said Portia Weatherspoon, the victim’s neighbor. “I mean wasn’t a bad person at all. I never heard anything bad about him.”
Officer Johnson was off duty when he was shot and killed in his home. West Memphis Police say he was not the intended target.
“It was an encounter between the suspects and another group outside of the apartment which lead to him being shot inside the apartment. A bullet just entered the apartment and struck him,” said Captain Joe Baker with the West Memphis Police Department.
Neighbors say they heard roughly 40-gun shots. They ran over to his apartment and tried to resuscitate him.
“When I stepped outside one of his nephews yelled my uncle has been shot. So, when I went in the house, I found him shot and me and my husband tried to do CPR,” Weatherspoon said.
Officer Johnson leaves behind two young daughters. Residents of the apartment complex tell Local 24 there have been frequent shootings there in the past six months and they are tired of the senseless violence.
“It’s just terrible that this type of violence will take another life for something probably stupid as ever,” said Gerald Allen, a witness.