WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – U.S. Attorney Bill Powell expressed sorrow and offers his heartfelt sympathy to family and friends of Officer Cassie Johnson, as well as the Charleston Police Department.
Johnson, 28, was shot during a routine response to a traffic complaint Wednesday afternoon in the city. She passed away Thursday, December 3.
“We are once again tragically reminded of the sacrifices our law enforcement officers make. Officer Johnson has made the ultimate sacrifice while serving to protect her community. I am profoundly saddened and can only offer prayers to her family at this difficult time. Nothing I can say will assuage the anguish the Johnson family and her brothers and sisters in uniform are feeling. I hope this tragedy once again reminds our citizens of the dangers our law enforcement face every day, and that we all take a moment to thank them for their continued willingness to put on their badges every day,” said Powell.
“On the afternoon of Tuesday, December 1, 2020, Patrolman Cassie Johnson was shot in the line of duty while responding to a parking complaint. After undergoing surgery and many hours in critical condition it was determined that Patrolman Cassie Johnson cannot sustain life on her own and the decision was made to remove her from life support. In her final act as a true hero Patrolman Johnson will be donating her organs to save the lives of others. Patrolman Johnson has been an officer with the Charleston, West Virginia Police Department since January 2019. Prior to that Patrolman Johnson worked as a Humane Officer for the department,” the Gofundme page states.