UPDATE | Procession takes Patrolman Johnson to medical examiner
UPDATE 12/5/20 @ 7:15 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A somber scene overnight as the body of Patrolman Cassie Johnson was taken from CAMC General to the medical examiner’s office.
Johnson was shot and killed while responding to a parking complaint on Tuesday, Charleston Police Chief Tyke Hunt said.
The law enforcement community escorted the ambulance as it drove across the city. Charleston Police cars turned on their lights to brighten up the dark night sky. Officers from neighboring departments blocked off intersections and saluted Johnson as the ambulance passed.
The early morning procession followed several hours of surgery. Cassie was an organ donor and the people who knew her best were not surprised her last act on earth was helping others.
Johnson’s funeral will be held on Tuesday at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center. It will not be open to the public, but any law enforcement officer, current or retired, from anywhere is welcome to attend.
ORIGINAL STORY 12/5/20 @ 12:08 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The procession for Officer Cassie Johnson is tentatively set to begin around 1 a.m. Saturday, according to city officials.
The procession will begin once the organ donation process is finished. There have been several Charleston Police cruisers and EMS crews outside of CAMC General all evening on Friday to help with the process.
Mayor Amy Goodwin told WSAZ in addition to helping with the transport process, police officers are also working to take the specialty surgeons, who are from out of town, to the airport.
Once the process is complete, Officer Johnson’s body will be taken to the Medical Examiner’s office which is protocol when there is a murder investigation.
The organ donation process can take several hours so the time is tentative.
WSAZ will carry the procession live on our Facebook page.
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