Man admits shooting detective, Marshals Service officer

January 18, 2019

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) — A southeast Missouri man has pleaded guilty to several charges for shooting two officers last summer.

KFVS-TV reports that James Odell Johnson Jr. pleaded guilty Friday to assaulting officers, possessing a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Sentencing is scheduled for April.

The shooting happened in July in a standoff with the U.S. Marshals Service and Poplar Bluff police.

Police said Johnson began shooting after officers entered an apartment to arrest him on a federal warrant for violating his supervised release. Johnson barricaded himself inside the apartment before surrendering.

Poplar Bluff detective Corey Mitchell was struck in the arm and was treated at a hospital. An officer with the Marshals Service was uninjured because his body armor stopped the bullets.


Information from: KFVS-TV, http://www.kfvs12.com

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