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Off-Duty NJ Cop Killed in Drive-By Shooting

Off-Duty NJ Cop Killed in Drive-By Shooting

Associated Press

May 27, 2011

NEWARK, N.J. – Authorities in Newark, N.J., have disclosed the identity of a police officer who was killed in a drive-by shooting while he was off-duty.

Authorities say William Johnson was buying a slice of pizza Thursday night at a Newark shop when he was shot.

The 45-year-old was on the force for 16 years and had two daughters.

No one has been charged in his death.

Authorities have not said whether they believe the officer was the target of the shooting, a bystander or a victim of mistaken identity

Authorities previously said that the off-duty officer, who lived in Newark, and two other people were wounded around 9:45 p.m. when someone fired shots from a car into the Texas Fried Chicken and Pizza restaurant, then sped off.

Mayor Cory Booker said in an early-morning news conference that the officer was ordering a slice of pizza in the fast food place in the South Ward section of the city when the shots rang out.

The other victims, a man and a woman, were in stable condition early Friday at University Hospital.

Booker said the officer was 45 years old, a 16-year veteran of the force charged with protecting a city that at times has been among the nation’s most dangerous places.

He was also a father.

Booker said a manhunt was under way for the car and its occupants.

The Police Benevolent Association and the Essex County Sheriff’s Office offered a reward totaling $20,000 for information that leads to a conviction.

“We are hurt,” Booker said. “We are angry and we will find who is responsible.”

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    aussie4

    about 3 years ago

    5328 Comments

    And yet another sad and tragic story from America, makes one proud doesnt it. God Bless Leo Williams and his family.

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    LanaNJ

    about 3 years ago

    6962 Comments

    One caught Bumper, then later charged as shooter and held on 1.5 million dollars~I don't think he's going anywhere. My Cousin is the Asst. Administrator of HR in Jersey City whom is Very Close friends with Oscar Aviles, the director(Warden) of the Hudson County Correctional Facility. There is some belief that Mc Neil-Thomas will be transferred from Essex Co to Hudson Co, where he will be in Segregation. I'm not sure just yet, but what I can tell you is this case has outraged NJ's LE, LEO's World Wide and Citizens as well. One accomplice flee'd, and in my opinion is probably fleeing South (NC or VA). Hopefully LE can work together and Catch Him quick. If someone is hiding him in Newark or Surrounding towns, I think they should be informed that they are aiding and abetting a man who's an accomplice of a man that shot at a citizen while holding her child, another Patron as well as shot and killed an officer who was well liked.

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    bumperdog831

    about 3 years ago

    264 Comments

    this story brought tears to my eyes. the viciousness in society needs to come to an end. this was a good man and all he was trying to do was get a bite to eat. i hope they find the perpetrators of this heinous crime and fry him. there will always be something missing from his daughters' lives. may you and your family find peace and justice, officer.

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    TPD327

    about 3 years ago

    396 Comments

    God Bless Officer William Johnson. My prayers go out to his family, friends and co-workers. RIP

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    philfroggy

    about 3 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Rest in peace Brother

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    manintan

    about 3 years ago

    76 Comments

    Rest in peace. God Bless you and yours.

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    jpdsgtusmc

    about 3 years ago

    126 Comments

    Rest in peace brother officer and peace, healing and justice done for family, friends and colleagues. This has been a tragic weekend for police!

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    Rest in peace brother and God Bless.

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    LanaNJ

    about 3 years ago

    6962 Comments

    The Mother of Rasul Mc Neil Thomas didn't cancel her wedding today in Orange NJ. I posted an update in my thread and link to the news article today. This Crime was done in a revenge of this POS? Office Johnsons daughters will never have the opportunity to have their father escort them down the Isle. I'm Disgusted.

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    LanaNJ

    about 3 years ago

    6962 Comments

    Thanks Jims4, One still at Large still? I believe there is, I'm getting fuzzy details on that. If so, a picture would help and they should BOL in the Southern States, esp NC.

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    jims4

    about 3 years ago

    2610 Comments

    Article is nowin Officer Down news.

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    ilegworldchamp

    about 3 years ago

    8966 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Johnson you are in Gods Hands Now. May the Family take some Solace in that fact.

    This is the second ambush hit on a Police Officer I see today. One in Texas and now this one. I do not believe in coincidence , too many Officers have been Assassinated this year. "STARTING IN FLORIDA" where a certain group stated they would do this ! ? "EVERYONE KEEP YOUR HEADS ON A SWIVEL , THE SUMMER IS JUST STARTING".

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    jims4

    about 3 years ago

    2610 Comments

    Rasul Mcneill-Thomas, 19, now charged with Officer Johnson's murder. He was originally beingheld on carjacking and weapons charges. The other oneis stillat large. I will post the article in a minute. Rest in Peace Officer Johnson....Never Forgotten.

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    kaalima

    about 3 years ago

    1748 Comments

    Thanks for the update !! Now, I hope they don't go soft. Justice MUST be served !! Rest In Peace.

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    LAWMANTUKES

    about 3 years ago

    6976 Comments

    Thanks for the up-date..LonnaNJ. Now perhaps real justice will be served.

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