Man accused of shooting Gulfport patrolman appears in court

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Corey Donald Johnson (Photo source: Gulfport Police Department)
Corey Donald Johnson (Photo source: Gulfport Police Department)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Attempted murder suspect Corey Johnson made his initial appearance in court Monday morning. The 21-year-old appeared before Justice Court Judge Bruce Strong.

During his initial appearance, Johnson was charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting a Gulfport police officer multiple times early Sunday morning during a chase along 20th Street and 46th Avenue. Johnson also requested an attorney.

According to Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania, an officer pulled over a car around 4:20 a.m. a few blocks east of the Seabee base's Broad Avenue entrance for a traffic violation.

Suddenly, passengers jumped out of that car and started running. A second officer arrived, and he began chasing the suspects on foot.

As that officer reached one of the suspects, later identified as 21-year-old Corey Donald Johnson, police say they got into some sort of altercation.

During the struggle, police say Johnson pulled out a handgun and shot the officer multiple times in the body.

Papania said that shooting was at 46th Avenue and 20th Street, just a few blocks north of Memorial Hospital.

Another officer later arrived and assisted the officer with making the arrest.

Police say Johnson, a Gulfport resident, was wanted by the Gulfport Municipal Court on outstanding bench and capias warrants and he was out on bond for an unrelated drug charge at the time of the shooting.

Gulfport Police have not released the officer's name, but say he is out of surgery and in stable but guarded condition.

Authorities say Johnson is being held at the Harrison County Jail on a $1 million bond.

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