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By BWSTimes Staff

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Police Officer, Sgt. Craig Johnson passed away this morning, succumbing to the gunshot wounds he received yesterday while on duty. His partner, officer Aurash Zarkeshan remains in critical condition.

Sgt. Johnson joined the Tulsa Police Department in 2005, beginning his service to the community at the Mingo Valley Division.

In 2015, he was promoted to sergeant. He began working as an investigator at the Gilcrease division in 2019. Shortly after, Johnson returned to Mingo Valley, working the graveyard shift.

TPD Officer Popsey Floyd described Sgt. Johnson as a true community servant that served all Tulsans, recalling a time when Johnson used his connections to get bikes purchased and delivered to underserved children in north Tulsa.

“We donated some to Sankofa Middle School for science fair winners. The rest went to the community as well as Saint Andrew Baptist Church,” Officer Floyd shared. 

In response to Sgt. Johnson’s passing, Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin shared, “Doctors and nurses attempted everything they could to save his life. Today, Sgt. Craig Johnson passed away,” adding, “Craig’s passing is a tremendous loss to our department. I want to thank the Johnson family for sharing him with us and allowing him to serve this department and community. His sacrifice will not go unremembered.”

Sgt. Johnson leaves behind a wife, two boys, and both of his parents.

The Johnson family has made the selfless decision to donate Sgt. Johnson’s organs. Even in his death, Sgt. Johnson still serves.

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