Charleston Officer Receives National Recognition

A Charleston police officer is gaining national recognition for his work. Lieutenant Eric Johnson will be inducted into the American Police Hall of Fame.

Lieutenant Johnson was named the 2006 Officer of the Year. He will be honored at a banquet at the Hall of Fame in Florida in October. The Hall of Fame chose Johnson as the officer of the year for his heroism the night he was shot in the line of duty.

In June 2006, Lieutenant Johnson was shot twice in the parking lot of the Days Inn in Kanawha City during an undercover sting operation. He was hit in the head and stomach. But he managed to open fire on the man who shot him, killing the man to protect himself. Since the shooting last year, Lt. Johnson has been promoted to shift commander on Charleston's Patrol Unit.

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