UPDATE at 7:39AM: Officers have been standing watch by Officer Johnson’s bedside throughout the night. She is still in grave condition. Many first responders have been showing up to offer support all night.
We are expecting an update later today on her condition and more information from the Charleston Police Department and the Mayor’s office.
UPDATED 6:45pm: Remarks from Chief Hunt and Mayor Goodwin following brief news conference.
UPDATED: 6:09pm: The officer who has been shot has been identified as Officer Cassie Johnson of the Charleston Police Department.
UPDATED 4:18: New statement from Charleston Mayor and Police Chief
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — A Charleston police officer was shot Tuesday afternoon while in the line of duty.
Brian Humphries with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office initially confirmed a female officer was shot and also confirms the suspect in the shooting was also shot by police.
A joint statement from Chief of Police Tyke Hunt and Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin was issued just after 4pm ET:
“This afternoon, a Charleston Police Officer was shot while in the line of duty, The officer has been transported to the hospital and is in surgery at this time. We ask all Charleston residents to keep our officer and the entire Charleston Police Department in their thoughts and prayers. We will provide more information as it is available.”
The incident took place on the 200 block of Garrison Ave, Tuesday afternoon. The suspect fled in a Red Dodge Durango heading toward I-77 just before 3 p.m.
During a joint press conference outside the hospital at six o’clock Hunt said “Officer Johnson was struck in what would normally be a killer wound, but in the true fighting spirit of the Charleston Police Department and those who are truly called to serve, she has a pulse, she’s not out of the woods and is going to be recovering and we hope and pray that she makes a full recovery.”
Goodwin, who noted a long association with Johnson, said “Not only do we need your prayers tonight for Cassie, but we need prayers tonight for her mother Cheryl, her sister Chelsie, but also for our first responders who make these calls every single day.”
Just two years ago next month, January 11th, 2019, Johnson was sworn into the department by then-Chief Opie Smith, Jr. and Goodwin. Johnson was the first officer to be sworn in by Goodwin, the city’s first female mayor.
Johnson had be a Human Officer with the city prior to joining the police department.