CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Charleston police officer will not survive after being shot at work, officials said tonight.
On Wednesday, Charleston city officials confirmed the death of Officer Cassie Johnson, 28.
“His family still needs prayers,” Mayor Amy Goodwin of Charleston said at a press conference at 5 p.m.
“Officer Cassie Johnson leaves a wonderful legacy to every woman in this city. We love Cassie. We love your family. “
Johnson has been removed from life support and is an organ donor.
His death was announced at Charleston Regional Medical Center General Hospital a day after he suffered serious injuries while responding to a parking complaint on Charleston Garrison Avenue.
Officer Johnson joined the Charleston Police Department in January 2019.
Charleston Police Chief Tyke Hunt says Officer Cassie Johnson will not survive after he was shot in service yesterday.
“Officer Cassie Johnson leaves a wonderful legacy to every woman in this city. We love Cassie. We love your family. ”- Mayor Amy Goodwin pic.twitter.com/NRY8BVVBXa
– Jake Flatley (@JakeFlatley) December 2, 2020
He had previously worked as a city human officer, according to Chief of Police Tyke Hunt Charleston.
“He decided he wanted to serve the citizens of Charleston better,” said Chief Hunt, who oversaw Johnson’s background check before he was hired.
Johnson was the first officer, Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin was sworn in to take office.
“To say we are being abused as a city and a first responding community is an underestimation of the year,” Mayor Goodwin said on Wednesday’s 580-LIVE show at Charleston’s MetroNews subsidiary 580-WCHS.
Hunt described the officer as a Johnson “star” employee.
During his appearance on MetroNews ’Wednesday“ Talkline, ”Johnson identified the murder suspect as Joshua Marcellus Phillips (38) of Charleston.
Phillips was wounded on Wednesday and was hospitalized on Wednesday.
His condition was unknown.
Initially, Charleston Police charged Phillips with the murder of an officer, but is expected to face further charges.
WCHS-TV reports that Charleston police responded to Garrison Ave. in January when Phillips allegedly attacked his brother with a handgun.
After being stopped elsewhere in this context, it turned out that Phillips was driving with a license revoked for a 2016 DUI fee.
Court records showed he was out of jail for a personal recognition bond in the pending case.
Phillips had to face other charges before him.
The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department led the investigation.
MetroNews reporters Shauna Johnson, Jake Flatley, Alex Thomas and Brad McElhinny contributed to this story.