A man has been jailed for two life terms and an additional 835 years after fatally shooting a police officer during a showdown with his rival gang back in 2018.
The incident happened in West Memphis, Arkansas, where 25-year-old Forrest City police officer Oliver Johnson was playing with his young daughter inside his apartment when he was struck by a stray bullet.
As the authorities have found out, the bullet was fired by 27-year-old Demarcus Parker who was shooting at a rival gang member according to the prosecutors.
After Officer Johnson, who was with the police for three years, got shot, his nearby relatives rushed into his family’s apartment in an attempt to resuscitate the father-of-three.
Unfortunately, the 25-year-old succumbed to his gunshot wound. The police eventually arrested Parker, as well as his 24-year-old accomplice George Henderson, and charged him with first-degree murder and more than twenty related charges.
Now, the 27-year-old shooter has been sentenced to two life terms and an additional 835 years in prison.
“Sadly, none of this will bring Officer Johnson back to his family, but maybe they will find some comfort that justice was served this week,” Scott Ellington, the prosecuting attorney, expressed after the sentencing.
Meanwhile, Parker’s alleged accomplice, Henderson, still faces a trial. He previously pleaded not guilty to a series of charges similar to that of Parker.
Johnson is survived by his fiancée and his two daughters. May he rest in peace.
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