Draper police officer killed, two others injured in Sunday morning shooting

Draper City Police Chief Bryan Roberts announces that Draper City Police Sgt. Derek Johnson was killed in a shooting early Sunday morning, Sept. 1, 2013 near the area of Fort Street and approximately 13800 South in Draper. (Chuck Wing, Deseret News)

Draper City Police Chief Bryan Roberts announces that Draper City Police Sgt. Derek Johnson was killed in a shooting early Sunday morning, Sept. 1, 2013 near the area of Fort Street and approximately 13800 South in Draper. (Chuck Wing, Deseret News)

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DRAPER — A Draper police officer was shot and killed Sunday morning and two other adults wounded in a shooting that remained under investigation.

Sgt. Derek Johnson of the Draper Police Department was shot after responding to a call on South Fort Street about 6 a.m. He was transported to Intermountain Medical Center where he died from his injuries, Draper Police Chief Bryan Roberts said in a press conference outside Draper City Hall, just after 11 a.m.

A man and woman, who police did not identify, were also shot in the encounter and remained in critical condition.

“We are here under the most tragic of circumstances,” Roberts said as he prepared to read from a statement.

“This is a very tragic day for the Draper City Police Department. We want to reassure the residents that we are doing everything we can to keep the residents of Draper safe,” he said.

Few details about the encounter were released and Roberts did not answer questions after briefly addressing the media Sunday morning.

Roberts said police do not believe there are suspects at large, but were continuing the investigation and will update residents as more information is available.

Kris Szelag, who lives on South Fort Street said she was awakened around 5:30 a.m. by a gunshot. A registered nurse, Szelag said she rushed outside to see if she could help. She saw an officer being pulled out of his car and emergency personnel begin CPR. One of her neighbors told her that he awoke to a SWAT team surrounding his barn.

“Adrenaline was pretty high,” she said.

Medical personnel continued CPR for at least 30 minutes, she said, until a medical helicopter transported the officer to a hospital.

During a hunt for suspects officers carried assault weapons through the streets, she said.

Draper City Council member William Rappleye, who lives on Willow Springs Lane, said he was on the outer rim of a perimeter that police set up. According to what he saw throughout the morning, police set up an inner perimeter as well, where they conducted a more active search.

The perimeter was from 300 East to 1300 East and Pioneer Street (12400 South) to 13800 South, blocking traffic and entry into the area. The outer barricade was lifted about 10:30 a.m., allowing some traffic to resume.

Police began searching the area with a canine team from Orem and a Department of Public Safety helicopter. Units from Utah Highway Patrol, South Jordan, Sandy, Midvale and the Orem team were assisting in the search.

“I’m really sad. Our police officers are some great people,” Rappleye said.

A Department of Public Safety helicopter was circling the area assisted in the search.

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