Police Have a “Person of Interest” in State Trooper Shooting

Police have detained a “person of interest” in the shooting of State Trooper Scott Johnson, who was shot in the back of the head near Long Beach, WA this weekend.


The State Patrol said, “we are not focused solely on this person,” and are seeking search warrants for several locations related to the case. The man was taken into custody early Monday morning.

One law enforcement source, who asked not to be identified, called the man in custody a suspect in the nonfatal shooting of Trooper Scott Johnson.

Teams of law-enforcement officers, along with State Patrol investigators, are following dozens of leads and combing a widening area on and around the Long Beach Peninsula in their hunt for the man who shot Johnson in the head early Saturday.

“While we believe this person is certainly worth a deeper look, we are continuing the broader investigation,” State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste said in a prepared statement. “We have talked to many people so far, and we will continue to contact individuals who might have information about Saturday’s shooting.”