Patrolman Cassie Johnson succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day while responding to a parking complaint in the 200 block Garrison Avenue at about 2:30 pm.
Despite her wounds, she was able to return fire and wounded the subject. The man was arrested a short distance away. Patrolman Johnson was transported to Charleston Area Medical Center where she remained on life support until December 3rd, 2020, so that her organs could be donated. Patrolman Johnson had served with the Charleston Police Department for two years and had previously served as a city humane officer for two years.
Statement from the Charleston, WV Police Department
Officer Cassie Johnson, 28, has succumbed to injuries sustained Tuesday, December 1 while on duty. The patrolman was responding to a parking complaint on Garrison Avenue on Charleston’s West Side when the incident occurred.
“Cassie was an exemplary police officer. She embodied everything that the Charleston Police Department is and strives to be – courageous, compassionate and selfless for the citizens of the city that she loved,” said Chief Tyke Hunt. “Her legacy will live on in the officers and the citizens that she touched and inspired everyday.”
“We are heartbroken at the loss of Cassie. She was always willing to lend an extra hand, going above and beyond in every situation,” said Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin. “The City of Charleston is a safer, more vibrant place because of Cassie and we are grateful for her service.”
Johnson joined the City of Charleston as a Humane Officer on October 2, 2017. She joined the Charleston Police Department on January 11, 2019 as a Patrolman. City flags will be lowered to half-staff immediately and will remain at half-staff through the day of services which have not yet been set.
We love you Cassie and we will forever miss you. #146