Gulfport police on officer shooting: The danger of the job is real

Gulfport police officer recovering from gun shot wounds

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport police are asking for your prayers as one of their own continues to recover after taking two bullets to the stomach. On Monday, WLOX learned more about what led up to Officer Dolton Bradley being in a fight for his life. The police chief said the 23-year-old has been on the job less than three months and has not yet attended the policy training academy. On Sunday, Bradley was riding with his field training officer when a traffic stop nearly turned deadly.

Gulfport police said Bradley and his field training officer attempted to pull over a 2002 Chrysler Pacifica for having an expired tag at 20th Street and 42nd Avenue, but the driver did not pull over until reaching the 46th Avenue intersection. Police said when three male passengers jumped out and ran the field officer stayed with the driver while Bradley gave chase on foot.

"When Officer Bradley made contact with Corey Donald Johnson behind a nearby residence," said Chief Leonard Papania. "He attempted to take Johnson into custody. Johnson actively resisted Officer Bradley. At some point Johnson who was armed with a handgun shot Officer Bradley twice in the abdomen."

On Monday, 21-year-old Corey Johnson of Gulfport made his initial appearance with the charge being attempted murder. He requested a court appointed attorney. A judge has ordered him to be held on a $1 million bond. 

"Every day you have police officers throughout this nation go out and enforce the law. Sometimes it causes them to have to put themselves in peril and danger," said Chief Papania. "When we join law enforcement we have to give great consideration to that and it's a demand of the job. It's unfortunate that we have the criminal element that we do out there, but it's real and so is the danger of the job."

As for the possibility of more arrests in this case police said that depends on the investigation.

Chief Papania said, "You had other occupants in the vehicle. As you well know the driver was charged yesterday related to this incident and it remains under investigation."

The driver of the vehicle was arrested 19-year-old Jasmine White was charged with hindering the prosecution or apprehension of another. Police said that charge is because she provided false information during the course of the investigation.

That afternoon, police told us the 23-year-old officer was shot with a nine millimeter handgun.

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