*Granted. These days, it’s practically unheard of to hear the word “beloved” followed by police officer. But this appears to be the case where officer Oliver Johnson, with the Arkansas Police Dept. is concerned.
The officer, a father of two, was inside playing video games at home when he was hit by a stray bullet.
The incident occurred around 3:30pm and the officer was reportedly hit in the upper torso. Bullet holes can be seen in the window and facade of the apartment. Police say the shooting was between two groups of people unrelated to Johnson
Lieutenant Eric Varner said in a statement, ‘‘We’re at a loss for words. We’re deeply saddened by this.’’
Johnson was engaged to be married.
Because Johnson was off-duty at the time, the police insurance company won’t pay for the funeral. This places an incredible burden on the grieving family.
To assist them, his colleagues have started a GoFundMe page which has to date raised $5,340.
According to NewsOne, funeral services for Officer Johnson will be held Saturday, May 12 at First Baptist Church in West Memphis, Arkansas.