WSP Yakima troopers shocked by attack on officerPosted: Updated:
YAKIMA--A Washington State Patrol trooper is recovering after being shot in the head early Saturday morning. Now police are on the hunt for a suspect.
Trooper Scott Johnson was shot during an early-morning traffic stop in Long Beach. He was in good condition at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland as of Saturday evening.
State troopers based in Yakima are very encouraged by Johnson's quick recovery, but news of another officer shooting came as a shock.
Scott Johnson has worked for the Washington State Patrol in Pacific County for his entire career, spanning more than 25 years.
Shortly before 1:00 a.m. Saturday, Johnson was making a traffic stop in Long Beach when a man walked up and began talking with the trooper and a tow truck driver.
A release from WSP states that the suspect then pulled out a gun and shot Johnson twice, including once in the head.
Despite Johnson's quick recovery, the attack has officers everywhere concerned.
"He's doing his job, he's out in uniform, he's out in the public and someone came by while the officer is doing something completely unrelated to that individual," Lt. Jim Keightley, Wash. State Patrol, said.
The suspect is described as a white male in his late 30s. Police believe he is about six feet tall and weighs between 185 - 200 pounds.
Troopers say Johnson did return fire, but were not sure if the suspect was hit.
Authorities are offering a $26,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.
If you have information, a tip line has been set up at 1-800-283-7808.