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A West Virginia cop who was shot in the face during a minor traffic complaint died from her injuries Thursday, authorities said.
Charleston Police Officer Cassie Johnson, 28, was removed from life support around 4 p.m. — a day after the department’s police chief said she wasn’t going to survive her injuries, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.
“To say we are heartbroken is an understatement,” Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin said. “We are at a loss because we have lost one of our sisters in blue.”
Johnson responded to a traffic complaint in Charleston Tuesday afternoon, and encountered suspect Joshua Philips, 34, who was parked in a driveway that wasn’t his.
The two got into an argument before Johnson was shot once in the face, according to the outlet.
Cops believe Johnson pulled out her gun first, and managed to shoot Philips twice in the torso. It’s unknown who shot first.
The young cop was then rushed to Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital, but Charleston Police Chief Tyke Hunt said Wednesday that Johnson wasn’t going to make it. He added that her organs would be donated.
“With a heavy heart, I hate to say she is not going to be able to pull through this,” Hunt told reporters outside the hospital. “She is still fighting but her body is unable to sustain life by itself.”
Philips remains hospitalized and his charges are pending.
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