September 2, 2013

Derek Johnson - Law Enforcement - Utah

Sergeant Derek Johnson, age 32, died in the line of duty on September 1, 2013, in Draper, Utah.

Derek was a member of the Draper Police Department. He had 8 years of service.

While on patrol before 6:00 a.m., Derek came across a vehicle that was parked in an unusual position on a city street. A man, age 35, and a woman, age 34, were with the car when Derek stopped to investigate. As Sgt. Johnson approached the couple in his vehicle, the man ambushed him and began firing at Sgt. Johnson.

Derek was hit by a bullet and drove down the street as the suspect continued to fire at him. He crashed into a tree. Derek never left his vehicle nor did he return fire. He was able to radio a distress call. Responding units and medical personnel performed CPR until a helicopter arrived to transport him to Intermountain Medical Center, where he succumbed to his wounds.

The suspect shot the woman at some point and then shot himself. Both the suspect
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and the woman are in a local hospital.

Derek grew up in Utah and was part of Alta High School's 1999 graduating class. While in high school he was an Explorer Scout for the Sandy City Police Department, knowing early it was the career path he would take.

He married his high school sweetheart in 2000 and they have a seven-year-old son.

He worked as a police dispatcher and ultimately went through police academy training. He had worked for the Draper City Police Department for the past eight years, first as a reserve officer and eight months later hired on as a full-time officer. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2012.

Friends stated that Derek loved his family and he loved his work as a police officer. He was an all around good guy.

Police officials stated that Derek was a very dedicated, devoted and highly decorated police officer. He had a positive attitude.

Derek is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife and 7 year old son.

Thank you for your service to the public, Derek.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. Amen.

Pray that Derek is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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