Police focus on custody dispute in double murder of three officers in Kansas City police shooting

Police focus on custody dispute in double murder of three officers in Kansas City police shooting

Buy Photo Michael T. Johnson, 44, is shown before being arraigned at the Jefferson County Detention Center. (Photo: David Guralnick/Special to the Register)Buy Photo Story Highlights Former Kansas City Police Department officer arrested in May 2016 on drug charges and also arrested in May 2017 for assault and battery on police

Former Kansas City Police Department officer accused of threatening police officer he arrested in 2016 after shooting another officer

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JEFFERSON CITY — Two former Missouri state troopers were arrested early Thursday for allegedly threatening police officer they took into custody after a shooting in Jefferson City on Dec. 20, 2015.

Travis Michael Johnson, 44, and John P. Johnson, 45, both of Jefferson City, Missouri, are charged with attempted armed criminal action and obstruction of justice in connection with an Aug. 23, 2016, shooting that killed police officer Andrew Thomas, who was investigating a robbery in the 400 block of East 16th Street.

Officers fired shots that wounded Thomas at about 7:40 a.m. after Johnson and another man, who officers said was armed with a large handgun, approached officers from the 1300 block of East Main Street, police Chief Je??????rry Demings sa???id during a morning news conference.

Demings said Johnson admitted to pointing a gun at two members of the Jefferson City Police Department’s patrol division at the time of the shooting. Johnson’s attorney did not return a call for comment.

Demings said that Thomas and the other officer were inside an unmarked car when Johnson and the other suspect were driving toward the officer’s car from the side, possibly from the other side.

The officer, who has not been identified, was driving behind the unmarked car with his lights turned on and his siren on as Johnson sped away.

Demings said that once the officer’s cruiser arrived, the suspect opened fire.

“He was not just driving a truck, he was a suspect in a traffic ticket and that has created the level of concern for the department,” Demings said.

Johnson surrendered to a Jefferson City officer after the shooting, Demings said.

The suspect, who is in his 60s, remains in the hospital recovering from injuries he sustained in the shooting, Demings said.

Demings asked that the public not give any information in connection with the investigation.

“In our investigation, our goal i

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