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    David Ware Arrested in 2020 OK Slaying of Sgt. Craig Johnson







    Suspect captured after 2 Tulsa police officers shot, critically wounded


    By Ashley Ellis
    KTUL News

    UPDATE: Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin asked Monday afternoon for community support as two of his officers fight for their lives shot in the line of duty during an overnight traffic stop.

    Im imploring you, Im asking (you), to pray, Franklin said. And Im also asking for each and every one of you to take steps to support first responders, support your law enforcement, support all of those doing the jobs that you dont want to do.

    The officers who were shot and critically wounded were identified as Sgt. Craig Johnson and Officer Aurash Zarkeshan.

    Johnson has been part of the department since 2005 and was assigned to the Mingo Valley Division as a graveyard supervisor.

    Zarkeshan was a new officer, just completing his training last month.

    He was out on patrol on his own for less than six weeks, the chief said.

    Franklin said the shooting suspect, David Ware, got away with the help of an accomplice, who was found and arrested in Broken Arrow. That man has been identified as 29-year-old Matt Hall.

    This hits home, and it hits home pretty hard for us in law enforcement, the chief said.

    He pleaded for compassion and unity from the community.

    I stand before you today, with two officers that are fighting for their lives. We need this community to come together, Franklin said. Its not just Tulsa. As a nation. Because we wont have what we have without the presence of law enforcement. Law enforcement is ingrained in this culture and has to be.

    UPDATE: An arrest affidavit released by the District Attorney's Office provides new details of the events that led up to the shooting of two Tulsa police officers.

    According to the affidavit, 32-year-old David Ware was pulled over around 3:20 a.m. near 21st and Memorial in a 2007 Chevy Cobalt with expired paper tags.

    The officers' body camera videos reveal Ware argued with police when they told him they would have to tow the vehicle. Ware refused to get out of the car and began arguing with the two officers, saying they were violating his rights.

    The argument with Ware escalated, lasting approximately three minutes before one officer attempted to tase him, but Ware tore out the taser prongs and continued arguing. The officer again attempted to deescalate the situation by using pepper spray on Ware, but he continued to refuse to get out of the car, according to the affidavit.

    Both officers then tried to pull Ware from the vehicle, but he fought them and grabbed a gun from under his seat before firing on the two officers. Ware shot at each officer several times, according to the arrest affidavit.

    After both officers were down, Ware stepped out of the vehicle and stood over one of them and fired three more shots. He then fled the scene and got into a red Jeep SUV.

    The Police Department said one of the officers is unlikely to survive, and the other is "unstable," according to the affidavit.

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    Tulsa officer shot during traffic stop has died, police announce

    Mayor quotes Bible to honor fallen officer

    By Nick Givas
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    A police officer and father of two from Tulsa, Okla. has succumbed to his wounds after being shot early Monday morning during a routine traffic stop, authorities said.

    The department announced Sgt. Craig Johnsons death on Tuesday afternoon, Fox 25 reported. Johnson is survived by his wife, two young children and his parents.

    He also leaves behind a bunch of brothers and sisters," Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said, referring to Johnson's fellow officers.

    Officer Aurash Zarkeshan, who was also shot during the incident, had reportedly been out on patrol for less than six weeks. His wounds have not become fatal.

    Police arrested the suspect and identified him as David Anthony Ware, 32. His alleged accomplice, Matt Hall, 29, was also taken into custody.

    I want to thank the Johnson family for sharing Sgt. Craig Johnson with us, for allowing him to be a part of our department, and for allowing him to serve this community, the chief added.

    Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum, a Republican, championed Johnson as a hero and quoted scripture to honor his self-sacrifice.

    "In this moment of terrible loss for our city, I cant help but think of John Chapter 15, Verse 13. 'No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friend.' Sgt. Craig Johnson lost his life protecting the lives of every Tulsan," Bynum said.

    Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt released a statement following Johnson's passing according to Fox 25 and said, "My heart breaks for the family of Sergeant Craig Johnson and his fellow officers with the Tulsa Police Department. I ask Oklahomans to join the First Lady and me in continuing to pray for his family as well as for his fellow officers.

    "My hope is that Sgt. Johnson is forever remembered for the heroism, courage and bravery he displayed while protecting Tulsa for 15 years," he continued. "We will also continue to pray for a full recovery for Officer Aurash Zarkeshan, who was injured in the same senseless act of violence. Our law enforcement officers need the support of their community now more than ever, and I encourage Oklahomans to find ways to show their support for those who keep them protected.

    Body camera footage showed Ware arguing with the police after he was pulled over for expired paper tags, KTUL reported. Ware refused to exit the vehicle after he was informed that the car would likely be towed.

    The encounter escalated from there before one of the officers tried to tase Ware. He was able to pull out the taser prongs, however, and continued to be belligerent. One of the officers then used pepper spray to subdue him, but Ware remained defiant.

    After the officers tried to forcibly remove him from the car, he retrieved a gun from under his seat and began firing at them. Both men were shot several times, according to the arrest affidavit.

    Ware finally stepped out of the vehicle and fired three more shots as he stood over the wounded policemen.

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    "I realize this may sound harsh, but as a father and former lawman, I really don't care if it's by lethal injection, by the electric chair, firing squad, hanging, the guillotine or being fed to the lions."
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    - Rev. Richard Hawke

    "Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence"
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    Man accused of driving suspect away after shooting 2 Tulsa police officers attempts suicide in jail

    By KJRH Digital News

    TULSA, Okla. A man charged in the shooting death of a Tulsa police officer and the shooting of another officer attempted to kill himself while in jail.

    Records show Matthew Hall attempted suicide in his cell around July 7. Law enforcement provided treatment until an ambulance arrived and he was taken to the hospital and returned to jail after being checked out.

    Hall is charged as an accessory to a felony and accessory to murder for the shooting death of Tulsa police Sgt. Craig Johnson and the shooting of Officer Aurash Zarkeshan.

    David Ware is charged with first degree murder and shooting with intent to kill. Police say Hall picked Ware up after the shooting and drove him to another location.

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    - Rev. Richard Hawke

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    Tulsa police officer killing: Suspect's 14-year history of run-ins with local police began with assault on very same officer

    By Andrea Eger and Samantha Vicent

    Tulsa World

    A look into the lengthy history of arrests and criminal charges filed by local law enforcement against the suspect in the killing of Tulsa Police Sgt. Craig Johnson reveals one striking coincidence.

    The two had come face to face before.

    David Anthony Ware’s first arrest as an adult came 14 years ago, on July 13, 2006. Johnson was the arresting officer.

    “On above date and time at above location, I encountered the suspect,” reads the arrest and booking report in Johnson’s handwriting. “After suspect was in custody, suspect spit on this officer four times.”

    Back in 2006, Ware was 18, about to turn 19 the following month, when police were called to a southeast Tulsa apartment complex. There they reportedly found an intoxicated Ware with a staggering gait, slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, openly urinating in a parking lot.

    But what began as a run-of-the-mill late-night public intoxication call took a turn when Ware became “extremely belligerent” and Johnson and his backup officer opted to call for a special prisoner transport van rather than take Ware to jail in one of their patrol cars.

    The backup officer wrote that as they waited, Ware kicked at and threatened to harm Johnson, spitting on the officer at least four times.

    “Officer Johnson told the subject that if he continued to spit on him and kick at him, that he would use pepper spray. Officer Johnson warned the subject of this at least three times before he sprayed him,” the backup officer wrote in his report, which the Tulsa World obtained through sources.

    “After being sprayed, the subject continued to kick at Officer Johnson and tried to get up. The subject also continued to threaten violent acts upon Officer Johnson saying that he was going to kill Officer Johnson.”

    Making decisions on prosecutions

    Public court records reveal that in the 14 years before Ware’s arrest in the June 29 fatal shooting of Johnson, who was 45, and the shooting of Tulsa Police Officer Aurash Zarkeshan, 26, Ware was charged by Tulsa County prosecutors in 10 other cases.

    Seven of those cases involved allegations of felony offenses, and three were filed as misdemeanors, but Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler acknowledges that many didn’t stick.

    “Oftentimes, cases that come to the District Attorney’s Office present themselves with facts and circumstances that would justify the filing of a criminal charge. As those cases move through the criminal process, there are many instances in which prosecutors have to determine: Can they actually put that case on in front of a judge or jury and have a reasonable expectation of conviction?” Kunzweiler told the Tulsa World on Tuesday.

    “Sometimes those cases are dependent on the availability of witnesses or supporting evidence. Prosecutors have to try to make the best decision they can with the information available to them at the time. It’s not a perfect system.”

    Numerous arrests, fewer convictions

    According to court records, Ware admitted to not complying with the probation and community service conditions of a deferred sentence he initially received in the 2006 case.

    After his felony conviction in a 2008 second-degree burglary case, Ware’s 2006 deferred sentence also became a felony conviction for one count of prisoner placing bodily fluids on a government employee.

    An Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokeswoman said Ware was incarcerated from March 2, 2009, to Oct. 26, 2010, on those two convictions.

    And a Department of Corrections report contained in public court records says Ware’s first contact with the legal system occurred when he was 15, when he received a juvenile court referral in a 2003 malicious mischief case. In 2005, he received a juvenile court referral for violating curfew and possession of cannabis.

    During his adult life, Ware has been arrested and had charges filed but ultimately dismissed in Tulsa County District Court related to allegations of harboring a fugitive from justice, knowingly concealing stolen property, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and domestic assault and battery.

    His misdemeanor conviction record includes drug-related offenses in 2014, concealing a weapon and larceny from a retailer in 2015, larceny again in 2016, and possession of drug paraphernalia and burglary tools in 2017.

    Other public court records show that he entered pleas to charges of public intoxication in Tulsa’s municipal court and in Tulsa County District Court in 2006 and 2008.

    Handling case in ‘an objective fashion’

    Ware, now 32, is being held in the Tulsa County jail on one count of murder, one count of shooting with intent to kill and one count of possession of a firearm after a felony conviction.

    Also charged is Matthew Nicholas Hall, 29, whom prosecutors allege was the driver of a getaway car Ware used to flee the scene of Johnson’s and Zarkeshan’s shootings. Hall is charged with being an accessory to murder and a separate count of being an accessory to a felony.

    Asked whether any additional charges could come of the investigation into the handgun that Ware, a convicted felon, is now charged with using in the shootings, Assistant District Attorney Kevin Gray said he doesn’t yet know.

    “The DA’s Office anticipates receiving reports from the Tulsa Police Department in the next day or so,” Gray said, “and any additional decisions that need to be made about additional charges will be made after we receive it.”

    Prosecutors and Tulsa police on Tuesday both declined to comment on any more specifics in the case, including whether Ware might have recognized Johnson as the officer who arrested him in 2006.

    Kunzweiler said his task at hand is to treat the pending case against Ware “in an objective fashion.”

    “These are emotional cases, and my job is to separate the facts from the emotion and approach the case in an objective fashion, as I would with any case,” Kunzweiler said. “He (Ware) enjoys the presumption of innocence like all people who are charged with crimes.

    “We are prepared to put this case in front of a judge or a jury and let them make the determination about what the outcome ought to be."

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    "I realize this may sound harsh, but as a father and former lawman, I really don't care if it's by lethal injection, by the electric chair, firing squad, hanging, the guillotine or being fed to the lions."
    - Oklahoma Rep. Mike Christian

    "There are some people who just do not deserve to live,"
    - Rev. Richard Hawke

    "Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence"
    - Edgar Allan Poe

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