DRAPER, Utah (ABC 4 News) – The man and woman involved in the deadly shooting of Draper Sgt. Derek Johnson remain in critical, but stable condition according to Unified Police.
Johnson was shot a killed Sunday morning after stopping to check on a park vehicle. Police said a 35 year old man inside the vehicle “ambushed” Johnson with gun fire killing him. Johnson never got out of the vehicle or drew his weapon.
On Monday, police held a press conference where Johnson's dad thanked the community for support and talked about his son. “We love him as a family. We are going to sorely miss him, but he loved what he did and he looked forward to serving the community,” said Randy Johnson, Derek's dad who stood next to 12 other family members including brothers, sisters and Derek's mom.
Unified Police are conducting the investigation and have not released the identities of the man and woman. Police said they have criminal backgrounds described as “routine”. The man and woman, who police said are or were in a relationship are “transient” in nature, but have Utah roots. Both remain in the hospital and are not able to be interviewed by police.
It's unclear whether the man shot the woman before Sgt. Johnson arrived or whether the man shot her after he gunned down Sgt. Johnson, then pulled the trigger on himself.
“We're trying to piece together the chronology of events,” said Sheriff Jim Winder, Unified Police. “Obviously we know three individuals were struck by gunfire. The order in which that occurred is still evolving.”
Police are obtaining a search warrant for the suspect's vehicle. They are asking anyone who may have seen the silver Volvo on Saturday night or Sunday morning to call them at 801-743-7000.